Do You Use You GPS Routinely In The Car Or Only When Needed?

 

As posted above, I am just curious if you use you vehicle GPS all the time when driving, whether you need it or not, if you don';t even turn it on when not needed, or do you put it elsewhere when not needed? My wife drives a Dodge Grand Caravan and she completely stored the Garmin Nuvi 500 most of the time and only powers it up when needed. I, on the other hand, leave it on the dash and I even use it to navigate to places that I know how to get to without it. I just like to see it displaying the map even when I don't need it.

I suspect that members here are more inclined to be like me just becasuse we have an interest in GPS, but I am sure that there aree some that put them in storage when not needed. Maybe some people don't even keep them in the vehilce.

Anyway, how about other here?

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One of ours is used every day

To and from work, mainly for traffic.

The other one sits in the garage awaiting its next mission.

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Jeff...... Nuvi 2460, Nuvi 2595

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I use my nuvi 90% of the time on local trips and always when going out of town. I like to have it on to alert me for the red light and speed cameras. I know where all the local cameras are, but a reminder is still helpful.

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Alan - Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

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It's always on, and with me.

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nüvi 3790T | nüvi 775T | Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable ~ JFK

my 260 lives in the car

The Nuvi 260 permanent home since 2008 it allows for lid to close when not navigating and I can hear the RLC warnings http://bit.ly/pqecuF

This summer I had a recording thermometer next to the 260 and the highest temperature it registered was 139ºf that sucker keeps on ticking; it is permanently mounted to come on when the ignition is turned on.

My 2460 only leaves the house to go on long trips out of town; it is an LMT with the latest map.

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

do you use your gps routinely

I always take when i am away from my home town.

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The Home of BLUMARU HOUNDS

In my personal car no, only

In my personal car no, only when needed but it's in the car in a backpack.

When at work on the other hand, I take the back pack with me and the GPS is always on.

I drive a tri-axle dump truck for a construction company, we do a lot of highway paving and I need to know how to get in and out of the job without running over the fresh asphalt, the GPS is absolutely amazing for this purpose, being able to "see" the whole neighborhood. Using the trip log on the screen is a great help for this too. Before getting a GPS I used to print several maps from a map program to “show” me the area.

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. Nuvi 2689, Nuvi 2460, Zumo 550, Zumo 450, Beltronics Pro 500 radar detector with GPS built in, includes RLC info. Uconnect 430N, Garmin, built into my Jeep. .

In the car and on the Harley - Always On

I use the zumo 665 or nuvi 1450LMT all the time. Locally traffic is the main reason during the work week but the unsuspecting road backups on weekends and odd hours too. There's lots of construction going on everywhere. Traffic reception isn't always available in the burbs but you can still look at the map and find a road you've never driven on before to escape the madness.

Weekends on the bike we like to ride to get lost. Sometimes I'd like to known where I am so I can get back there on a future ride. Also, the zumo 665 has XM weather radar. Many times I go catch a ride after work and let the rain chase me home. And of course traveling on the bike it's great to see the hugh storm ahead on your route. Time for a coffee break to let it pass.

Traveling for work it is always on for all the obvious reasons.

Not to mention it's my hobby.

Ride Safe!

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Harley BOOM, Zumo 665, (2) Nuvi 765Ts & 1450LMT | 2005 Harley Road King, 2015 Harley Ultra Limited

Always

Beyond the fact that it provides me with traffic information, I use it as a Bluetooth speakerphone.

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Currently have: SP3, GPSMAP 276c, Nuvi 760T, Nuvi 3790LMT, Zumo 660T

Never sits at home

It's always in the car or truck ... never just sitting at home.

RT

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"Internet: As Yogi Berra would say, "Don't believe 90% of what you read, and verify the other half."

Usually

I usually have it with especially when I'm traveling for work because people might want ETA's or I could be traveling back just to have to head somewhere else. I may know how to get to Point A and point B but may not know the best way to get to point B from somewhere between point C.

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Garmin Nuvi 2450

out of town

I only time I use mine is if we're going out of town or to get me in the area of a geocache.

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Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.

Its always on whereever I go.

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Nuvi 2460LMT and 1350.

to quote

To quote an old advertising slogan "Never leave home without it."

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"In order to be old and wise, one first must have been young and stupid."

Its always on whereever I go.

pwohlrab wrote:

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Same here. Whenever we leave the house for more than a 5 min drive gps comes with us. The red light and speed cameras make it worth it.

That and we walk the dogs and are always going to new parks. Then we go into pedestrian mode, turn the topo maps on and we are set.

And it has proven handy when house hunting to see whats in new areas, and finding places to eat.

GPS is fast becoming like a cell phone or wallet. Just have to have it with you.

On All The Time

I keep my 2460 on all the time in the car primarily for phone bluetooth. I generally navigate to all my regular destinations around town, just because I like to make Jill think she's needed. I habitually pop it off the mount when I stop in public places.

Larry

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Nuvi 2595LMT Nuvi 2460LMT Nuvi 40LM

situational awareness

I routinely have a GPS turned on on the dashboard when I'm driving my car. Even with my older units with the small and low contrast screen I appreciated the situational awareness, and now that I have a 3790 it really is helpful.

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personal GPS user since 1992

Highway Travelling

I live in a small town so there is no need to use the GPS for local driving. But I almost always use it for highway travelling - which occurs two or three times per week.

We don't need or get traffic updates for rural Alberta, but I use Arrival Time for appointments and enjoy taking different routes when travelling to regular destinations (when the weather is good).

Highway Travelling

I live in a small town so there is no need to use the GPS for local driving. But I almost always use it for highway travelling - which occurs two or three times per week.

We don't need or get traffic updates for rural Alberta, but I use Arrival Time for appointments and enjoy taking different routes when travelling to regular destinations (when the weather is good).

Sometimes

If I am in NY I leave it in the car, as te temps dont get that high. If I am in FL, I only take it if I am not sure of the directions. With the grenhouse effect in FL the car can get pretty high and you can only leave windows open a bit once in a while.

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Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things!

90% of the times

I use mostly the GPS for traffic situation.

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Val - Nuvi 785t and Streetpilot C340

Car and Motorcycle

When on my motorcycle, mine is on all the time. It gives me a better speed indication. In the car, most when I am out on a trip. Locally, not so much.

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Zumo 550 on a 2014 Indian Chiefain

Go Without the GPS????

Rarely go anywhere without it. It is a great tool.

I use it for the database of POI to see what's around.

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GPSMAP64s, fenix, iPhone 6 w/Garmin North America, Yaesu VX-8R w/GPS, MacBookPro, all sorts of maps.

Most of the time

I use the Google nav app pretty often, even for the short trips between work and home - mainly for traffic information. The Nuvi is used much less frequently, but for any longer trips in areas where the conditions/roads are unfamiliar, having both available is very helpful.

All the time

My 1490 is on anytime my car is running. I like the fact that I have a complete log of my driving for when I should happen to be in an accident or perhaps I get pulled over for an apparent traffic violation ! At least verification can be done -

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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 !

Only to places I don't know

As per subject, don't need around town, only when I going someplace I don't know.

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Nuvi 50LM Nuvi 2555LM

ALL THE TIME

I USE MINE IN THE CAR ROUTINELY. I NEVER KNOW, WHEN I MAY GET THAT ITCH TO GO SOMEWHERE AND NEED QUICK DIRECTIONS.

3760 is always with me when I am in the car

When I am in the car, the 3760 is almost always up and running. The 3760 is almost never in the car when I am not in the car

When I am at home, the 3760 is most often in the house near the computer. If I get out of the car at other locations, the slim 3760 is usually in its leather case in my pocket.

My 255 is usually at home. It gets to go on overnight trips where it is used to supplement the 3760 by allowing the passenger to use the 255 to search for rest areas, restaurants, and other poi's along the route.

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Garmin nüvi 3597LMTHD, 3760 LMT, & 255LMT, - "Those who wish for fairness without first protecting freedom will end up with neither freedom nor fairness." - Milton Friedman

Not on short errand runs

But always on longer trips mainly for speed camera alerts and detours/ traffic.

Always

For me it is like seat-belts, when I get in the car they go on. Short or long trips makes no difference GPS and seat-belts go on.

My 3790 learns certain habits. I go 3 times a week for physio therapy and on Sunday morning meet with friends at the same restaurant for breakfast.
In both situations when I return to my car and turn the 3790 on, it tells me how long to get home and whether there are any accidents on my route.
Also if you enter the correct info when you fuel up and the mileage your vehicle gets, the 3790 informs me of how much fuel I used for the drive.

I am currently conducting a test with my 855 and 3790 both on together. One difference the 855 has an external active antenna on the roof of the car which makes the accuracy about 40% better. I.E built in 13.1 feet vs external antenna at 9.5 feet accuracy.

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Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT, Nuvi 2797LMT, 3790LMT passed on to my daughter. Using Windows 10

nope

I always have my cell phone with me (with online and offline gps apps), but I don't use it unless I have to. My father-in-law on the other hand ALWAYS uses his Garmin, even when driving to work (with just the map up, not a route). Because of this, he's gone through a couple of GPSes and a couple of batteries each. I definitely don't recommend leaving it on and plugged in all of the time.

Rarely

I'll use it when going on vacation (twice a year to Florida) and when adventuring in an area I don't know well so I don't get lost and to warn me of the speed & RLC. Other than that I use it once every two months or so to charge the battery.

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Nüvi 255WT with nüMaps Lifetime North America born on 602117815 / Nüvi 3597LMTHD born on 805972514

Always On

Mine is always on. I have RLC and speed zones loaded so I keep it on all the time.

Routinely . . .

but often I take my own routes.

Use it most of the time

For several reasons. One is if there is a problem on a particular road I can easily jump off and re-route to my destination.

Also use it regularly just to be able to have a good estimate of when I will arrive at my destination.

Also allows me to look up pois even when not routing.

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Nuvi 760 Nuvi 2598 LMT Nuvi 3597 LMT Garmin Streetpilot Onboard for iPhone

All the time

I use a GPS app all the time. Mainly for traffic alerts.

Mostly....

all the time, she keeps me company!

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"Backward, turn backward, oh time in your flight, make me a child again, just for tonight."

For traffic

I use mine almost all the time to get the traffic.

on all the time

I always have it on. I use it for traffic and for the map. Also when out with the Mrs. so I can show her that where she wants to go is not on the way.....

Usually on

Helpful for traffic and unplanned detours

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Nüvi 2595LMT, nüvi 760, TomTom START 45M

I use mine all the time and

I use mine all the time and download the tracks weekly to Mapsource. Once a geek always a geek

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DougJ - Ottawa, ON, CA

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Yup, I'm like you -- it's always in my car. You never know when you will need it.

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Michael (Nuvi 2639LMT)

I have mine on everywhere I

I have mine on everywhere I go because of the Bluetooth, red light camera and speed trap alerts. I also like to know the ETA for each destination even for places I've been before. Always used the go home button even though I know the way home.

Funny ...

... had a situation today where I wished I would have had mine with me ... even thought about it before I left the house, thinking I didn't need it ... only to wish I had it twenty minutes after I hit the road.

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it's the dog's fault

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Garmin nuvi 2555 - nuvi 350, 260 (spares) - my other toys: Mac Mini, MacBook Pro, MacOS Sierra (10.12.6) and my best friend, Mayhem - a 2009 Harley-Davidson Superglide - and his Garmin nuvi 2455. The dog's name was Punky. RIP baby boy.

Do You Use You GPS Routinely In The Car Or Only When Needed?

I travel for work 45 weeks a year.

I use my NUVI to find destinations only when I am in a new area.

When I can find my way on my own, I notice that I do not use my GPS.

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...of course that's just my opinion.

Do You Use You GPS Routinely In The Car Or Only When Needed?

I travel for work 45 weeks a year.

I use my NUVI to find destinations only when I am in a new area.

When I can find my way on my own, I notice that I do not use my GPS.

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...of course that's just my opinion.

Early warning as well

Like, who else will let you know in advance that there's a sharp hairspin you can't see from here right after those trees, and therefore save your life ? This happened to me once "by accident", and I've therefore taken the habit of turning it on all the time. It also gives you a good bird's view, and can help you decide how you will drive to "that" point on the other side of the coming unknown village ? Oh lookee, there's a road that completely avoids the center of town!

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Ain't nuthin' never just right to do the things you wanna do when you wanna do them, so you best just go ahead and do them anyway ! (Rancid Crabtree, from Pat F McManus fame)

Traffic Information

I use the GPS on most trips outside my small community but only for the traffic information. It is nice having the red icon appear in time to warn me of traffic on my route.

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I support the right to keep and arm bears.

Use GPS Routinely In the Car

Use it everyday for traffic, RLC's, etc. Just got back from a long weekend in Tenn. - took backroads from Nashville to Knoxville with no problems.

Use it every day! To me,

Use it every day! To me, this is a must. Imagine driving down the highway even if it is to/from a frequent destination when all of a sudden you hit traffic, an accident, construction, etc. and need to quickly re-route. I am immediately ready to go with detour rerouting capability as opposed to pulling over, getting it out of your glove box, firing it up, etc. To me, it's like a cell phone. YOu don't just turn it on when you want to make a call. You leave it on and have it by your side constantly just like most technology these days.

always with me ...

but I only use it when I need it.

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