Poll - How many still use paper maps?


I never use paper maps, it is either my garmin or some type of digital maps (ie. mapquest, google maps, etc). Just wondered if anyone uses paper maps.

2:48PM 03-16-2008
If I counted it right,

Paper Maps (doesn't include print outs from eletronic sources)???

Yes - 34
-No - 31

As of the above date, I have quit keeping track. It looks like the answer is Yes (even if is just for backup). It was a close one though.

Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -
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I haven't used a paper map in almost a year now.

a paper map in almost a year now. Mostly, I just use my C330.

Not doing anything worth a darn.

Yes. I absolutely do on a

Yes. I absolutely do on a rare occasion. I won't give them up. Though I proably won't update them nearly as often as I will my Garmin.

c330/530 "Hurry up and wait." "If you can read this, thank a teacher. And since it`s in English, thank a soldier."

Paper -- What For?

My last 2 long trips were 5,600 miles touring all over the Midwest and 4,100 miles touring through the Carolinas and the Southeast. Both covering multiple cities and numerous attractions. Both without maps.

Avoiding the paper and using the Garmin saves an enormous amount of time.

Plan B = Road Atlas

I keep a Rand McNalley Road Atlas in each vehicle as backup. I like the idea of getting the "big picture" of a trip. Our State Farm agent gives them to us if we ask.

Garmin nüvi 1390

PS On The Paper Question.

I'm very good at reading maps; but, if my Garmin was lost or stolen on the the road, I wouldn't consider buying a map---I'd just head for the nearest electronics store and buy another one!

Me, too

I echo HappyJack's sentiments. I also enjoy looking at a paper map and getting the big picture.
Now, having said that, it doesn't even occur to me anymore to print directions to someplace I haven't been before. I just trust Roxy to get me there, and she hasn't let me down yet.

"No misfortune is so bad that whining about it won't make it worse."

I use a paper..

Yes I use a paper map as a back-up. If I'm going on a long trip, I've found that straying off the GPS's calculated route sometimes will save me a significant amount of time. Also, what happens if the gps is lost or stolen? How are you going to remember where to go etc. I'm a long term thinker and I always like to have a back-up plan.... That's just little ole' me.

We also

We also keep a map for each state that we will be travelling thru in our trip folder in the car. My Better Half likes to peruse the maps to see what might be close by to where we are travelling.

But, I also have a back-up GPS as I own a C330 and a C340. We only take the 2nd one on our long trips!

MrKenFL- "Money can't buy you happiness .. But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery." NUVI 260, Nuvi 1490LMT & Nuvi 2595LMT all with 2014.4 maps !

Of course

Paper maps? I don't use them much anymore but I still print them off mapquest before heading on a journey. Why? Well, Nuvi has let me down... sniff sniff... a few times. Once we were driving in the mountains at night ( for dramatic effect I could lie and state that their was pouring rain, howling winds and wild animals on the loose... ) and the screen went dark. That was it for Nuvi. Garmin sent me a refurbished one a few months later. I was lucky I still had an outdated paper one in the glove compartment. Just like any good Microsoft Windows user knows, it's always good to have a backup. I'd hate to think what would've happened to us with all those wild animals on the loose if we hadn't had that paper copy. smile

I do for cross country trips

I do for cross country trips and to find national parks, etc.

Go Blackhawks

After a year or so on GPS,

After a year or so on GPS, I'm back to paper. Make more sense lot of the time

I use one when trying to

I use one when trying to plan a road trip.

Only GPS

Use my new 750 only. No more paper for me!

Nuvi 50LM Nuvi 2555LM

I Need To

I only use the paper maps or Atlas when there is an accident on the highway and i need to know where i can go from one exit to another to get back on pass the accident it is easy for a car but not with a Semi so even with the GPS You still need to look at the Atlas

Auggie SP2720 , SP C330, Nuvi 650, Nuvi 785T,Dezl 770lmt America Moves By Truck


Gave up the paper after a trip to Detroit 3 years ago. Map got me lost GPS got me home. All had to do with construction but none the less the GPS bailed me out

2597 Sometimes I wonder..."Why is that Frisbee getting bigger?"...and then, it hits me.

I double check on paper maps the route the Nuvi gives me...

...and find that I like to over rule it a fair amount of time. It's too addicted to interstates, and sometimes taking state or other local routes makes more sense, and can cut many miles off a trip. Re-programming its choices, by telling it where to take me, by way of intersecting routes and the like is quite helpful.


Nuvi 350, GPS Map 76CX

Yup, still use them. I plan

Yup, still use them. I plan my routes online and print them out and I keep the real maps in the trunk. GPS are electronics which are prone to failure. Always have a Plan B.


paper maps

what is that ?

i rely on my nuvi760 100% and has never failed me (yet)

marnoldi Nuvi 680 & Nuvi 2797LMT

Don't use the maps anymore

Don't use the maps anymore but do keep a Road Atlas in the car just in case the unit goes bad when a 1000 miles or so from home.

Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. MapFactor - Offline Maps & GPS.

Put me down for no...

Put me down for no...


Maps............hate them.....too hard to read & drive....lol

Earl-Nuvi 350

Paper? Isn't this

Paper? Isn't this 2008?

OLED maybe

No Paper Maps

Have not used paper maps in over 5 years. It's either internet maps or GPS maps.

StreetPilot III,Nuvi680,3790LMT

Do directions created on

Do directions created on Google Maps count? I use them sometimes when my Garmin doesn't find an address or if someone needs directions and they don't have a GPS unit.

Your Portion Of Light Whether you are a brilliant flame or but a tiny spark matters not-for the world needs whatever portion of light is yours to give.

Only when I need...

To keep the truckers on their toes.. confirming routes and such.. The big truckers atlasis the best one and I only use it at work.

NEVER use a paper map

I don't even own an atlas anymore.
....and I travel alot....to places I'm not all familiar with. Common sense and my Streetpilot have never failed me yet.

******************Garmin Nüvi 1300T****************Member 6523*******************

I love good maps

asianfire wrote:

I never use paper maps, it is either my garmin or some type of digital maps (ie. mapquest, google maps, etc). Just wondered if anyone uses paper maps.


Yes - 0
No - 2

Dear AF,

I love having good maps around. I have one for a 75-mile radius from NYC, which gives me a great picture of many travels for me. Another one I have is a street map for NYC. I have a very nice JIMAPCO book road atlas of New York State. That one gives me a great overview for when I am visiting friends and family in central and western New York State. I also carry a street map of Syracuse.

I just love maps and find them extremely useful. I bought my first GPS (Nuvi 650) three and a half months ago and think it is great too. It does not replace my maps.


nüvi 1490T, V1, Sanyo PRO-700a, maps, sunglasses, hot co-pilot, the open road

use of maps

I havent used a map since I purchased my first gps 3 years back. At times the gps provided wrong info but who cares; I can't get lost! My wife gets car sick when she reads a map while I'm driving and I found it difficult to navigate from a map while traveling 70 mph. Cheers for the gps era!


augie billitier I2,c330,660

Using Paper Maps

I use a road atlas sometimes when planning a trip as it helps to see what towns are on the route in order to plan a stopover after driving so many miles a day. I use my MS S&T most part as I only got my 660 for christmas and haven't been anywhere yet.

johnm405 660 & MSS&T


Only when I run out of toilet paper.

Garmin 38 - Magellan Gold - Garmin Yellow eTrex - Nuvi 260 - Nuvi 2460LMT - Google Nexus 7 - Toyota Entune NAV

a vote for maps

Never start a trip without one... CAA gave out a 8x10 size NA booklet a few years ago.... great backup or reference material.

which brings to mind a story... returning from BC via Northern USA in prehistoric time before GPS. Noticed that Beartooth Pass, MT, was almost 11,000 ft.

Drove 350 miles out of my way to drive over the pass just for the heck of it. Had never driven anything at that altitude.

If I had been on a GPS would never even come close to it.

John Nuvi 750 765T Winnipeg, MB

Paper Maps???

The only paper maps I use are MapSource print outs from the computer.

Mark - Nuvi 265T NUVI 50LM


I mainly use the GPS to get me where I need to go and I generally plan my routes on the PC.
But, I do carry a map with me to get the "big picture" and as a backup.

Garmin Zumo550

use both

When i get ready to go on a trip i will use the paper map for the BIG picture and compare with the nuvi to check the difference.

Jerry...Jacksonville,Fl Nüvi1450,Nuvi650,Nuvi 2495 and Mapsource.

I haven't used a paper map

I haven't used a paper map in quite a long time, but I still keep them around, especially on long road trips, just to be safe.

I'll never give up paper

I love maps. Whether a map is electronic or on paper, its still a map to me. But just like the feel of a paperback book in my hands is something special, so is a paper map.

Chuck - Nuvi 200, Nuvi 255W

Wow, it is dead even

If I counted it right, it is dead even.

Paper Maps (doesn't include print outs from eletronic sources)

Yes - 18
-No - 18

Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

Collect Maps

My dad used to collect maps from many different states and historic areas. It used to be fun looking through them. I still have a place in my heart and memory for paper maps, but love my Garmin too!

So I take that as a Yes.

So I take that as a Yes.

Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -


Haven't touched a paper map since I got my GPS.

GARMIN nuvi 760 sites.google.com/site/lschwabe/

Only for Reference

LSchwabe wrote:

Haven't touched a paper map since I got my GPS.

It is nice to see the big picture WITH A MAP when going on a trip, but the GPS is very reliable and can't go on a trip without one.


No matter where you are "Life is Worth Living".

Running total is at the top of the page

Running total is at the top of the page, so far dead even again 20/20

Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

at home paper maps....

when I might be looking at a new area. but in the car...GPS all the way.

Maps in trunk

I rely on either my Honda Navi system or my Nuvi 750. I carry a Rand road atlas in the trunk, but I think it's a bit outdated. I've never used it...


"Sometimes, when I look at my children, I wish I had remained a virgin". Lillian Carter (Mother of Jimmy Carter)

GPS units are WOEFULLY inadequate at giving the BIG picture>>>

I always keep an road atlas available. So 22-21 now smile

Regards, Ted

"You can't get there from here"

Yeap, still close. I can

Yeap, still close. I can definately see the advantage of a big paper map to see the "Whole Picture".

Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -


I haven't used maps in a year. I havemade several trips one of 7,000 miles no probs.


Noted-also posted to know

Noted-also posted to know where I left off...lol. Back to dead even 22/22

Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

not recently - paper maps

Since i got my garmin a month ago, I haven't had a chance to read the paper maps that I used to......


The map is dead...

long live my Nuvi 260. I look at electronic maps to pick a place to go and just head in that direction. I rely on the gps receiver to get me in tight when I get close.

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