It seems like quality family time is a thing of the past, but it sure doesn’t need to be. Take an impromptu Sunday drive, or plan an extensive road trip… Even though gas prices have gone up over the last few months, a road trip probably is still one of the most budget-friendly ways to spend your summer vacation; and exploring America’s back roads is a ton of fun, too. With the summer road trip season approaching, here are some great Garmin tools for your automotive GPS unit that can be useful and fun on the road.
Check out the cool attractions. Road trips are all about the journey, but it doesn’t hurt to know where you’re going or what kind of attractions are on your way. Garmin’s nuvi devices and StreetPilot mobile apps come preloaded with millions of points of interest and there are also full travel guides available that you can load onto your device. Spot it out offers many different guides with interesting destinations across the U.S. You can, for example, download a guide with the weirdest locations across the country, such as little museums, “world’s largest” sights, natural and unnatural mysteries, over-the-top tourist traps, oddball folk artists, monuments, and statues included in the Attractions and Oddities guide. Also available are guides for historic or family destinations.
Let Darth Vader guide you. To add some fun to your trip, especially when traveling with kids, Garmin offers a wide variety of voices for nuvi device, ranging from Darth Vader to SpongeBob. Or, even better, if you prefer to let your friends or loved ones guide you in your next adventure, then just download the Garmin Voice Studio and start recording.
Save at the pump. A road trip is all about the journey, so you don’t have to worry about the fastest route, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to waste fuel on the way. A fuel-efficient vehicle still is the best way to save at the pump, but how you drive also matters. Garmin’s ecoRoute feature can help you analyze and improve your driving style so you’ll get the most out of every trip to the gas station. You can also save by using Garmin’s Smartphone Link app, which allows you to search in real-time for the best gas prices nearby.
When the kids asked what we are doing next, my response was “we’re making memories…”
We live out in the country. I love the quiet, our view and the space between our home and our neighbors. Now, don’t get me wrong – I really appreciate our neighbors ‘cause we have the best neighbors anyone could ask for, but I’ve lived where you can hear your neighbors just as well as your own family even when they are in their own homes. Can’t say I enjoyed that. I prefer life out in the country. Well, that being said, it is sometimes difficult for people to follow the directions we give to them so that they can easily find our house.
A friend of mine just called, and we decided it would be fun to get together at my house. I was mentally preparing myself for the usual “are you familiar with…” conversation and extensive directions when my friend spoke up and asked “what’s your address? I have one of those thingies in my car!” I love it! Gotta admit that I really love my own “thingie” in my car! Automotive GPS units are such a convenience. Of course, my Garmin nuvi has me spoiled. Sounds like my friend feels the same way about her automotive GPS “thingie” and has learned to rely on it the same as I have mine. I love to explore new places, but I sure love being able to find my way home again no matter where I wander and now that it is summertime I plan to do plenty of that! Have a happy 4th of July, and enjoy your own wandering this summer…
A common question that you hear is “is there a site that one can go to for a profile to fit a GPS to the person and needs?” Generally you can go to any of the major manufacturers’ web sites and find comparison charts on their models. Most manufacturers have comparison functionality on their web sites that could help determine what to look for. It looks pretty basic, and you may have already determined what you are looking for, now you just need to find the right unit. First you must decide what type of unit are you looking for – automotive GPS systems, motorcycle GPS, marine GPS chartplotter or fishfinder, handheld GPS units? I especially like Garmin’s site for doing comparisons of features. There you can pick your interests (basic handhelds, mapping handhelds or on the side there is a link to geocaching). You can learn a lot from their site, and they have a wonderful comparison feature. This would be a terrific place to start. If you like geocaching there are also sites such as geocaching.com which teach you a lot and are a lot of fun. I generally like helping you find answers to your questions, but at the same time a feature which makes great sense to one person will sound like a waste of time and money to someone else, so you really need to do the final homework yourself to be sure you really find the GPS unit which suits your needs and that you will love for some time to come. I hope this helps to simplify things a little for you.
When you are driving down the highway and see something great that you feel you just Need to get back to later, but you are on your way to an appointment or maybe traffic is just crazy, and you just can’t stop right this minute, what do you do? Well, if the automotive GPS you are traveling with is a Garmin nuvi it is no problem at all. All you need to do is just reach out to that handy touch screen and ask to “view map”, then click on “vehicle” and “save location”, name it (anything at all if you are in traffic , just to be able to find it again), and you are done! How simple is that? Gotta love those GPS touch screen features on the go! Next time you see, oh a terrific garage sale or an interesting restaurant or maybe a side trip you want to take on your way home from vacation all you need to do is just save that location on your Garmin nuvi GPS. Nice feature. Simplify your life and save that location. Fun is good – be sure you can go back and find that fun spot you saw!