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Old 03-24-2018, 09:43 AM
 
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Yes I do.....Only use the GPS when looking for a specific restaurant, address, etc. Maps are totally awesome!
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Old 03-24-2018, 02:27 PM
 
Location: West Madison^WMHT
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Post Back in 1994 we had to use Microsoft Streets & Trips to print maps from CD-ROM and we liked it that way

I carry paper maps in my car, but it's been decades since I have used a paper map for anything but hiking trips out in the wilderness or walking the streets of Tokyo, Stockholm, etc.

I was using (offline) digital maps on my grayscale PalmPilot in the pre Y2K days; before that we used "Microsoft Streets & Trips", a CD-ROM based road atlas that could print out custom maps before you went off on a road trip.


In my car, assuming the car is running, the built-in local GPS and maps will be working and I'll have a way to charge my phone; additionally, Google maps has a way to download offline areas in case of no cell coverage.

If my car isn't running, paper maps might come in handy, if only to make a big "HELP!" sign for the window.
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Old 03-24-2018, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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Myself, I've never been lost. There have been times when I didn't know where I was or how to get somewhere, but I've never been lost.
This!


If you used google maps or any nav system here, you might have been tempted to take a short cut in one of the nearby areas. Look at a map of Mason county, WA and look up a road called Bear Ridge Rd. It's been showing as a through road for the last 15 years on Google. It's not. It's fallen off the side of a hill in the middle. Nothing like a surprise when you drive!
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Old 03-24-2018, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Out in the Badlands
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Yes in case the Russians shoot down the GPS satellites.
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Old 03-25-2018, 03:09 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I recently traded in a 2007, and cleaning it out found several old maps. We hadnít used them in years, because despite no gos the phones had navigation. I threw them out. The new replacement has gps with 8Ē screen, so we would never use the maps, and they were way out of date anyway with so much growth since they were produced. Besides gps, you can always use google maps or get other actual maps on your phone or iPad when traveling. Itís a lot easier to just press a button on the steering wheel and tell the car where you want to go.
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Old 03-25-2018, 05:31 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I recently traded in a 2007, ... Itís a lot easier to just press a button on the steering wheel and tell the car where you want to go.
Will be even easier with AI, when you put your Tesla in 'Follow-that-guy' mode, and you will actually know where their destination is.

Last trip in Germany our 'Tesla' host was keen on 'Follow-that-guy' mode, but I always wondered where we might end up.

It worked out, cuz I didn't know where I wanted to go anyway!
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Old 03-25-2018, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Tulsa
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Will be even easier with AI, when you put your Tesla in 'Follow-that-guy' mode, and you will actually know where their destination is.

Last trip in Germany our 'Tesla' host was keen on 'Follow-that-guy' mode, but I always wondered where we might end up.

It worked out, cuz I didn't know where I wanted to go anyway!
The guy could be scared to death.
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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I always have an atlas in the car. I enjoy looking at maps and seeing the bigger picture. I prefer county or state routes to the interstate. Also, maybe I'll find something interesting off to the side that I would never know was there if I was just mindlessly following the GPS directions.

Plus I'm a cartographer .
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Old 03-26-2018, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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The guy could be scared to death.
Or lost!
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Old 03-27-2018, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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Of course. One can't 100% rely on gadgets. Phone could get lost, GPS signal could drop out, phone battery could run out. There are too many uncertain situations where you would appreciate having a paper road map.
Electronic devices just love to fail when you need them most.

When planning a trip, a paper road map or atlas is helpful because it provides the big picture. They are particularly useful in helping to understand scale and distance visually. Getting to grips with the surrounding landscape is easier with a paper map too Ė itís easy to get lost in a small screen.
A paper map also may allow you to view a variety of routes and types of roads to compare

I almost never venture into the wilderness with a GPS unit as my only means of navigation. Just as we all travel with a spare tire and a set of jumper leads, even the most ardent technophiles carry a basic paper map as a backup.
^^^ Great answer!
I enjoy the GPS while in the car moving however at night while in the hotel/motel room I'll use a map and get the great picture of what isn't seen on the GPS screen. It's amazing how much you can miss if you don't have a paper map giving you more interesting informative details of your trip and routes.
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