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Am I the only person left in the world who prefers physical maps to GPS?

Went to a friend's house the other day, and discovered that my Melways (standard Melbourne roadmap) is out of date and doesn't have her street. I mentioned this to a few people - and they all looked puzzled and asked "But... don't you have a GPS?"

Yes. Yes I do have a GPS. And, thanks to my silly Melways, I had to pull out my GPS, dust off the cobwebs, find her street, and trust my GPS to guide me there while I blindly submitted to its knowledge, rather than knowing where the heck I was going.

Call me crazy, but I think there's something to be said for looking at a big piece of paper, and thinking "I am HERE, and I want to be THERE." It makes me feel much more in control. Especially since my GPS has been known to randomly go insane and decide I should be driving down a gravel farm track rather than the freeway.

Laney says

Date: 2016-08-27 05:06 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I love Google maps because it can inform me of stuff while I'm looking at the road, so I generally don't have to pull over, work out where the heck I am, and work out how the heck to get back on the route I was theoretically trying to follow before I missed my turnoff because I had no chance to check the map without leaving the aforementioned route.
The one I miss, however, was the GPS in Matt's old car, because it had a handy zooming in-and-out function that meant I could fiddle away with it while on three-day-long journeys and check how many towns were coming up and where we could stop for lunch. GMaps isn't quite as handy in that tespect - it kinda works, but it's not as much fun.

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