Hi all, I just curious, how do you use your GPS in your home town?
do you plug in a destination, even though you know how to get there?
do you just view the map?
do you not even use it?
for me, I usually plug in a destination, even though I certainly know where I'm going and how to get there. (lots of recalculating!!!)
but nice to know the arrival time....
Just curious...thanks in advance for responding.
My work car is, well let just say a work car. The speedometer doesn't work, so guess what I use mine for on a daily basis. I guess I could buy a speedo cable but it been broke for years and my GPS warns me when I am going over a predetermined speed. Plus I have traffic in mine so that also comes in handy often.
I plug in routes in the evening of where I have to go for errands the next day. If I don't I will get 75% of what I need done and then remember the rest when it is too late. My Garmin 750 is my personal assistant.
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I don't use it in my hometown. It only has a population of 20k people. There is rarely any traffic jams in the area. The only time I use my Nuvi 350 (When I get it back from Garmin) is if I'm going to visit my nearby cities like Philadephia, D.C., Baltimore, and New York City. I will go all paper-less and trust my Garmin on my drive from Pennsylvania-Minnesota in the summer.
I use mine for find homes and faster routes
I am a volunteer EMT it makes it easy to get closer to a home your looking for at night, much of the time the garmin nuvi 350 is pretty accurate. Living in the country means no need to worry about traffic jams
I bought the MSN subscription for my Nuvi which requires a new car power cord. The best thing about it is that it shows gas prices and when they were updated. No sense in driving around and checking prices!
Calgary is getting so spread out, and 'burbs popping up overnight it seems so it's a God send. That with the price of fuel these days makes a GPSr a must...the shortest, quickest route possible.
I usually have mine on when driving. I enjoy getting to know the routes to and from places. I have learned several new routes and shortcuts that I never knew existed just by taking the wrong turn on purpose. You get routes "stuck" in your head. Alternate routes and shortcuts have come in handy when you get in traffic and on ball game days.
I have a nuvi and I would like to load where the red light camera's are in my city (new orleans).
I noticed that you said that your red light camera alerts are active.
Does anyone know where I can find the camera info for New Orleans? ...and how do I load it?
I use mine on a motorcycle. I usually go for a ride and try to get lost, going down roads I never heard of and exploring areas off the beaten path. Then when I am ready to go home I use the GPS to get me back out.
go to the "Red light Cameras" tab at the top of your screen. You have a few options for getting access to the data.
Option #1 become active in the forums and POI file construction and after 3 weeks of activity you will achieve active member status and you can get the file for free.
Option #2. You can pay to become a subscribing member, You can get one month for $5 or a year for $20.
Red light cameras are sprouting all around here. I don't run red lights but the GPSr is useful in alerting me to those traps. Sometimes, I just turn it on so I can see what is around. Just for the fun of it.
Thanks to all who responded. I enjoyed reading all the uses of your GPS in your home town.
I had wondered if it was a little silly to have it provide directions when I knew were i was going....and also to hear "recalculating" every block, when I'm driving down a parallel street to the "main" drag.
Every time I take my Guzzi Stone out of the yard my 276C is active. Not always with a destination but I like the fact it has a more accurate speedomoter and a trip meter for the bike. I can calculate milage per tank and reset the odometer whenever I change the oil
So I also use it as a speedometer...
Every Saturday I load my Nuvi with yard sales from Craiglist. Many are in my home town on Steets that I never heard of.
My father lives in a development in Florida and told a funny story of a burglar who was seen breaking into a house. The guy jumped into his car and tried to make his escape. The county police followed him by helicopter. What was funny was that the guy couldn't find his way out of the development. I believe he ran out of gas trying to find his way out. That idiot should have had a GPS.
I use my 760 for traffic. I always forget about the weekend road work that backs up the highways.
I use it to point out the most direct route to Customers when I am in different parts of town.
My daughter likes to hear the distance 'till the next turn. I just like trying to arrive at my destination before the original arrival time. (only when I'm by myself though!)
I use mine all the time. It helps during my senior moments. When all of a sudden I can't figure out where I am!!!!! Or how I got there. It then helps in getting me back.
I then download my TRACKs into MapSource and see just where I've been how much fun I may or may not have had, after I count my money and see what is left.
** Really I'm not that bad yet(hopefully)**
1. Bluetooth for the cell phone.
2. Put a podcast or two on an SD card to listen to.
3. Compare the recommended directions with local knowlege.
5. IT IS JUST PLAIN FUN!!!!
I am a garage sale and estate sale nut, I get several addresses and plug them in and go down the list, A lot of times i get into places that i never knew existed, some back roads etc and i have lived in this city for 30 yrs and still see a lot of things new.
Best idea I seen.
But I dont understand how some of the responders get lost in their hometown?
Same way that truck driver went 1,000 miles off course. People stop using their brains.
If you do a google search (stupid drivers gps) you will find tons of stories about people not thinking and just driving blindly.
The first few days I had it, I did use my nuvi 760 just to get the hang of it or just to marvel at the street names I never knew. These days I hardly use it in my city. Even if I only have a vague idea of where I'm going (general area), I don't bother with it. Too much trouble of putting it on, waiting for satellites, keying in destination, putting it away, etc. for very little benefit. In other words, I'm very familiar with the city I live in that the GPS just gets in the way 99% of the time.
It does come in real handy for those emergencies where I need a "yellow page" lookup and I'm outside the house or the office. For that reason, I still carry it in my car (even though it just sits there under the console hidden from view.)
I keep the 350 with me..always.
On the train to work.. I listen to my downloaded talkshow(mp3)..or music..or an audio book.
If I need a location downtown (chicago), I just look it up. Even at home, I'll nab it for something and use it as a yellow pages.
If in a friends car, Its always handy.... Last time it made for 'the save' was on the 4th of July when we decided on a different fireworks show.. Punched it in and quickly found our way there!
The 660. Its now the 'primary' unit for the car. Gets me to car shows etc...
Around town I'll have it the car to listen to MP3's, traffic and keeping on alert for speed/redlight cams.
Yet...this evening? I let my mother borrow it for a few days! Luckily I have the 350 to keep from completely jones'in!!
....Was thinking of starting a post to start a Nuvi Anonymous group!
I used to keep my old iQue 3600 in the car all the time. Mostly used it for an ETA on when I'd be in the office or back home. I also added a handful of speed cam POIs (manually back then) as reminders. But I took it out of the car nearly a year ago.
Just got a Nuvi 670, so I may keep it in the car like I used to with the iQue.
I use mine for the speed poi alerts. Can't afford any more tickets for not paying attention to my speed.
I also use it to get around traffic and like the ETA feature.
I do like having it up to know where red light cameras are located and if I just got a ticket
I am a volunteer EMT. My Nuvi 350 helps me fin addresses of patient and it saves time the would be lost with some location that are poorly numbered.
Special need patients addresses can be stored making the location easy to find when a vehicle was left on the call.
THe first few weeks, I would use it to go to 7-11, I guess that I needed to get used to how it worked so that was the best way to use it.
After that, I put it away and did not use it at all.
Then I realized that if I use it on my 25miles to work, I could easily find alternate routes for traffic and accidents. Although, I had figured out how to get home from almost every exit on my way home without it. Now it is just easier to press detour.
I use it sometimes to help decide where to eat when going out. Sometimes I forget about a resteraunt that I have not been to in a while, but the GPS reminds me that it is out there.
I use mine for local most of the time and if we make a vacation trip.
With GREAT care.!!!
Never have it [ON] in my city but it is always in the car for those occasions where I need a re-route on the hwy due to accidents, also if I'm out and about and get a call to go to an unknown address it eliminates having to ask for directions.
I like to use mine to find new places.
I just leave mine in map mode most of time..
I deliver meals on wheels, and will need it frequently when I have a new "customer" on my route. I never have to check any maps. I just insert the new address, then look at the map ("show location") to see where it is located so that I can sequence it into my route. I then save it and when leaving the one ahead of it, I pull it up from favorites, and tell it to "go"......... Works like a champ!
1) Routing through and to unfamiliar parts of town and
2) Routing around traffic jams.
3) Alerts for redlight and speed cameras and to
favourite coffee shops and restaurants.
When driving home late at night after having had too many Heinekens it is a great tool for finding your house.
Now that's a funny one..
It is Priceless. Just love it.
when ever i travel, I never leave her home. Gives me a sense of security.
I'll use it locally just to see the roads around me that I don't normally drive on. Sometimes we get the urge to check out some of the back county roads if we're out and about.
I'm new to GPS, so sometimes I use it even when I don't need it, just to get used to the features.
I will admit, I found a shortcut just 2 weeks ago to the local Trader Joe's! (One of those, "I didn't know that road went there.")
I use my GPS a lot around town. It comes in handy for looking up bank, post office and restaurant locations. I also like to use it for business appointments. The arrival time calculations are amazingly accurate and it keeps me on time.
I use it when I'm going somewhere new, like to a friend's new house across town. Also very handy when looking for businesses, shops and restaurants I don't normally visit.
My wife is very "directionally challenged." She will even turn the wrong way on a street because "It looked less busy, so I went that way."
Having a GPSr for her to use does help her find her way "home." Not actually to our front door, but she can see our house from the home location.
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