The Pros and Cons of Travelling with a GPS

February 10, 2012 · 5 comments

This is a guest post from Sarah Paige. She has written an article about travelling with a GPS unit, don’t forget these can apply to walking devices as well as in car, and also many modern phones will have similar GPS capability too, before you go spending. Enter Sarah:

There is little doubt that GPS units can be worth their weight in gold, especially if you’ll be travelling to unfamiliar places. They save time, ease frustration and best of all, are immensely helpful in getting you from A to B without getting lost. But is a GPS really all it’s cracked up to be?

We weigh up the pros and cons of investing in a GPS unit before you decide on buying a new machine.

The Pros

GPS units are exceptionally handy to have around. These days, many luxury cars come complete with inbuilt GPS systems or you can invest in a portable model that can be fitted on the dashboard of almost any car, including rental vehicles while you’re on holidays. They can be transferred from car to car and work just as well in new and used cars. Perth, Sydney and Melbourne drivers can take their units interstate for the perfect Aussie road trip. Meanwhile, many of the most prolific GPS brands include international maps and support so you can take your unit overseas as well.

But it’s not just for on the road. You can use a GPS navigator as a guide for bushwalking or as a tool to help pinpoint the best fishing locations.

An added bonus, a GPS could save your relationship – seriously! Everyone knows the old cliché of a man and a woman fighting over directions in the car – and that’s because it happens often. Imagine the peace and quiet of driving confidently no matter where you go.

The Cons

For some, the reliance on a GPS unit can become burdensome. After all, GPS units aren’t always right. They can have trouble differentiating between main roads and dirt roads and can occasionally instruct you to drive down a one way street the wrong way if the software hasn’t been updated or if the roads have recently changed.

And of course, the GPS can take away some of the thrill of travelling that comes from seeking out new experiences. Navigating the roads with the confidence of a local means you could miss the hole in the wall restaurant or the great local craft shop off a random back street that you might have otherwise come across.

Going for the middle ground

It’s a good idea to keep a proper road map with you and to study it a bit before a journey into unfamiliar territory. That way, you can be sure of the direction you are supposed to be heading in and aren’t completely reliant on your GPS device.
By only using your GPS when you need it, you can avoid becoming dependent. Yes, a GPS can get you out of sticky situations with a level of ease a road map can’t match. But becoming over reliant on a GPS can mean you never really get to know where you are and how to get somewhere else.

A GPS can be used for a range of things – have a play around and see what you can find out.

What do you think – how reliant are you on your GPS?

Author Bio: Sarah Paige is a self-proclaimed motoring enthusiast and writes about new and used cars. Perth drivers can find more information online.

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New Zealand Tours February 10, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Some people rely 110% on their GPS. It shouldn’t be like that all the time. Comon sense should prevail and most important: enjoy the travelling time!
Cheers.

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MarkG February 10, 2012 at 7:39 PM
AdventureRob February 13, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Flavour of the month maybe :-)

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Krystal March 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Much as GPS may not be accurate but they are always close to accuracy

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AdventureRob March 8, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Pretty much as good as we can hope for at a reasonable cost I agree.

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