With the invention of GPS, many people may be tempted to forgo carrying printed directions for their road trip. However, physical directions and a detailed map of the area are necessary in many situations where GPS may fail. Example problems with a GPS include:
- A slow or weak signal which prevents the unit from updating;
- The GPS doesn’t recognize streets in some rural areas;
- The device could die or malfunction;
- The unit can be insistent, taking you in circles, and not allowing you to try another path;
- The device doesn’t always find the best way around unexpected road construction or detours.
While technology is wonderful, a good map can save you a lot of frustration.