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?
all the time
I always appreciate the redlight camera notification of these moneymakers...so my 780 is on all the time.
Part 1.) NO..!
Part 2.) Yes..!
I use it as just needed and when I leave the state so I have red light camera information.
It's kind of a pain to put in and remove after each trip to do use daily. I don't need the traffic function on my normal commute to work either.
And for the RLC and SCs.
I have an hour commute each way. You don't know how many times I've passed the post office or grocery store on autopilot. So I have "Jill" remind me.
... and off with the ignition. I like saving the tracks just to see where I've been over the years ...
I like to be red-light-reminded, thanks to POI factory.
My fiance would always use it back from work usually as it would be for traffic. Though for some reason mine doesn't have the traffic show all the time.
I have both POI-Factory and Garmin Red Light Alarms installed in my unit. My town and nearby others have been adding Cameras on every busy intersection. As a result my RLC Alarm has become annoying.
I don't leave the GPS in the car when parked at home. Typically, I only put it in when going on a road trip or when I need to get to a new location near home.
Hope I get my Mini Cooper back from the shop soon!
last night coming home I happened upon some folks who decided to get new cars for Christmas (totaling the ones they have currently).
Usually I'd hit the zoom out a few times on the Nuvi to evaluate alternate routes to avoid the congestion.
Oh well, honing old skills, following my nose and tracking by myself.
Car or work truck on....GPS on
Hagstrom maps have almost been retired...still good for routing in traffic in unfamiliar areas.
normally in my local driving I don't use it ever unless I get lost somehow (even after 7 years of driving around it's possible in this area haha!) or when I need to get somewhere fast based on shortest trip time.
on long weekend trips to unknown destinations I always have a GPS in car, be it Garmin or at least my android phone with Google Navigation (sometimes it turns out better and more precise than my Garmin ...).
I take the Garmin especially when going to areas with known red light cameras. Most of the time, it stays at home, but before a trip, like to refresh my use of the features, so I will take it.
I use mine all the time because I use the Bluetooth as my cell phone hands free device. Keeps me from getting a ticket for talking on the phone while driving - and - it is a lot safer.
I drive all over central Florida as a news photojournalist. I use mine all the time. One of the most useful features is to estimate driving time.
it's like my car keys.
I don't always need to use it, but you never know when something unexpected occurs. My TomTom is quite handy when I suddenly need that alternate route or have to drive somewhere I've never been.
Besides that, I find that using my GPS daily has made me quite familiar with it's operation. I know what it can...and CANNOT do, so there's no fumbling or guesswork required when it's time to really put it to work.
I occasionally hear associates describe how frustrated they became when they finally got around to using their GPS. Waiting until you NEED it is probably the worse time to learn how to use it. I guess it depends, like you said, on whether you have an interest in such things.
I use mine all the time since I just like see a map of surrounding area.
Also getting a traffic info on my garmin can be useful sometimes.
it lives in my car. I bought the new style dash mount and I adjust the angle so that I can fold/unfold without having to readjust further every time.
The power port has been getting loose, so I leave that plugged in, but I pull the cigarette lighter end, fold and hide it out of sight in my car when not in use.
Unlike windshield mount kiss marks, it doesn't leave a tell-tale sign of "this guy has GPS hidden in the car".
Like you, I use it every time I drive, whether or not I need it. It does help because it displays upcoming streets, local speed limits and red light cameras. One of the best features is that I use it for my phone. I too just like seeing the map when I drive. Besides, why not use it? Can't see leaving it in the glove box.
The built in GPS in my Camry is almost never on. It's a hybrid, so normally I am watching the fuel consumption displays. If I need to know how to get to someplace new, then I use it. But that is not very often.
In the PU, when I am pulling a trailer, I often have a GPS on, mainly to keep track of ETA. If on a trip pulling the 5th wheel, then I would use it for whatever it can do.
In the boat, I have a GPS chartplotter, and it is turned on before I leave the dock, and turned off after I shut the engine off.
Heading to a meeting yesterday afternoon, traffic is slowing, and as I look ahead on the road, I see a cluster of flashing multicoloured lights at an intersection ahead. Then one of my radios pops with a request for "Expedited EMS."
Take the next left turn and let the GPS figure out how to get around the mess!
Have 2 units, one stays in motor-home and is used heavily from April until November. The other stays in the car and used all year round for trips to areas that we have not been to before.
I used to have my nuvi in the car all the time, then it got stolen while parked in my driveway!
Now, I only use my 'new' nuvi when I'm going somewhere I've not been to before. Even tho I have the RLC data in it and I love to have that working for me, I don't use gps for 'normal' drives anymore.
but not as routinely as I used to.
I ran in to a situation last year where i broke down on a stretch of road i was sort of familiar with but couldn't remember if i had passed exit 29 or 39 no MM where visible given that it was 2 am, Ten miles different.... And even though i do have a droid you have to have 3G to pull up Google maps. so now i just slip it in my bag and even when i am driving to the near by Walmart it is on and guiding me, also I have about 500 Poi files from here on it just in case i want to go exploring for stuff.
With more red light cameras popping up all the time, seems the wisest choice.
Unfortunately, my tomtom doesn't have an auto power-on feature like my magellan and garmin, so it takes a bit more effort.
One advantage to having an indash GPS is that it's on when the cars on. Generally, I find the map a bit more interesting than the tuner page, so I have the car GPS on all the time.
Routing, on the other hand, is not something I do every day. If I'm driving to work, or driving home, I don't tend to route. However, if my wife calls and asks me to stop by the store, or if I am going somewhere else than normal, I use routing. It's not that I need the help; it's that I might forget where I was supposed to go and just go home.
My handheld GPS is in the car almost all the time. If I'm out driving and see something I'd like to mark, I use my handheld GPS because I can hook that one up to my computer easily.
I use to use it a lot, not only as needed. Mostly just to remember when I turn is comping up on a long drive.
My BMW 328 has a built-in speedometer error of ~ 6 - 8% so whenever I highway travel I use the gps to know how fast I'm really travelling.
It's only recently that speed limits have shown up on the gps for my area and given the lack of signage in many places or for long distances I find the feature extremely helpful.
Recently we encountered a major road closure due to fire and the gps was useless in finding an alternate route, I need to work on detour skills I guess.
Have my Galaxy s3 with me. Running the poi factory red & speed camera files.
I only use the GPS on long trips. If my wife wants me to stop somewhere on the way home I use my iphone.
My wife uses it all the time as we have the red light/ Speed cameras loaded in and it gives her fair warning. I on the other habd have one on my motorcycle and it comes on when started but rarely use it for directions unless I'm going somewhere I've never been.
I use it only when needed. But now that I get traffic updates, redlight camera and speed trap zones I should use it all the time. After reading the other posts it has enticed me to use it more often so thanks everyone!
75% of the time I use it, but as a 1st responder and when I was on a task force during the storm I used it 100% with no problems.
But not necessarily on the dash. I only mount it when I'm going on a trip or need to locate an address. I don't want someone causing hundreds of dollars' worth of damage to steal a $150 GPS! For short trips on the fly, I use my phone maps. I guess it won't be too long before we use the phone for everything!
Take it with me. Don't use the directions for places that I know how to get to, but always use it in unknown territory for speed & redlight cameras.
Also, if we wind up going shopping in new areas, the POI's on specific stores sometimes come in handy.
Big thanks for those who produce the POI's!!!
Due to possible GPS theft and weather conditions (extreme heat/cold in the car)that can possibly cause damage to the GPS, I never keep the GPS in my car, I only take it out of the house when needed.
Only when I am in an unfamiliar area / vacationing. My regular routes to the office and grocery stores do not require GPS input.
This topic seems to keep popping up. My answer is always the same. It's just that every time I answer it, I'm in a different city, traveling roads I may not be familiar with. My gps is permanently mounted and awakes from sleep mode whenever the car is started. I usually give it my destination so I'll know if there is traffic on the route and I never know when I'll take a different route.
Only take the Nuvi when traveling to unfamiliar areas. I do normally have Waze running on my smart phone since it gives RLC warnings, and real time traffic updates so I can work around congested areas if need be.
my gps is way more reliable then my cellphone.
I bring it along only when needed or if I'm travelling to a neighboring state with Red Light or Speed Cameras.
Whenever I am going somewhere unfamiliar.
We use our mostly for out of town trips. Sometimes it is used locally if we are going someplace that we may encounter traffic or a new destination.
I must say that I use mine on a daily basis for the speed trap alerts and other warning poi files that I've installed.
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