College trips with sons and daughters ...is that what you did this labor day weekend? Let's compare experiences...my mission was to get a son from Houlton Maine to Washington DC. Had we not had lots of stuff from home to transport, could have hopped on a silver winged bird and stocked up on dorm cargo on that end. Nope...decided to rent a large new Volvo wagon, jammed it full, added two bags on the roof to complete the picture and pointed 'er south to the nation's nerve center. When you live in Maine, I-95 is the primary artery and getting around a state of a just little over a million is easy. But when you are threading the eye of a needle thru traffic play grounds like Boston, Hartford and New York City...I knew I needed more than a map quest print out as a guide. Especially during Labr Day weekend's highway extra traffic load. So found programming in zip code with the car rental "Never Lost" gps was incredible. Many brokers in city locales no doubt got one of these devices from Santa years ago...but I never needed one til now. This Magellan model helped me find the fastest, shortest routes and even recognized if I got off plan by gently recalculating trip with a zillion satellites to keep me moving toward target. You never have to back track...it keeps you moving from where you are now. The voice instructions gently told me of a merge toward the left in 10 miles to prepare Mr Country Back Road Driver what was on the horizon for traffic fun and games. Also had a neat purple line on the easy to read screen showing my son Alex and I the route we were on, complete with the water overhead when we zipped thru a river tunnel, and the names of road ways crossing our path as Nine Inch Nails played in the back ground. No stress driving. The accuracy of the trip was down to 10 to 15 feet...close enough for me. A thousand mile trip calculated in about 15 seconds. Even route that avoids tolls or whatever your special requirements are. Plus the lady in the box suggests points of interest for the 48 states to complete your driving experience. You don't have to be a black belt driver with a merit badge in compass bearings. Nope. With map quest, coming back thru New York City with a gazillion other hot, tired agressive motorists on a Labor Day Saturday night at 8pm could have been scary with one wrong turn. Reading a map solo on return trip with out my co pilot with one mistake would mean trying to regroup in the dark with honking horns all around. With the gps device on board my starship, nothing to read. Simple calm reassuring voice gently tells me to start getting to the left for an interstate change in 2 miles, 1 mile, half mile, and that after that event, (ding ding) to prepare for an eventual exit on the right in two miles on the next roadway. Quick glance shows arrow on approaching maneuver is to the left, right or straight so you know what is coming up before it happens so you have the scenario in your head way way before suddenly the moment to decide at 70 miles at hour on unfamiliar turf. We got to George Washington University and around DC flawlessly with no fuss and back to Maine in one piece. For around $200-$300 this device is invaluable! Did you use one to get your son or daughter to college or university this long Labor Day weekend?
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