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Old 03-18-2015, 10:29 AM
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Map reading is a valuable life skill. Anyone who drives should know how to read a map and how to read a map's legend.
Get with the times. Maps are obsolete. We have GPS now.

BBC News - GPS fail on bus sends Belgian tourists on 1,200km detour
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Old 03-18-2015, 12:25 PM
 
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Get with the times. Maps are obsolete. We have GPS now.

BBC News - GPS fail on bus sends Belgian tourists on 1,200km detour
Exactly!

I used the GPS on my phone to get my cat to the vet a few weeks ago -- the spouse usually drove and I didn't remember how to get there. Anyway, the darn thing had me zigzagging all through Philly's northern suburbs when if I'd plotted the route on a paper map, I'd have needed fewer turns and a lot less time.
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Old 03-18-2015, 03:37 PM
 
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So instead of being able to see a symbol and be able to make a determination instantly, you two think people should scour through map legends to figure out which stretches of road are controlled access highways? Talk about doing things the hard way.
I mean, you're the one making your own hard way by insisting on only using controlled-access highways.

What you're suggesting is not a totally crazy thought by any means, but my feeling is it'd drastically overcomplicate something people already routinely struggle with, and for very little upside.


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And most maps on the computer are actually not very good at distinguishing between regular roads and those that are interstate-like.
What? Google, for one, colors controlled-access roads bright orange, everything else yellow or white. It doesn't get any more distinct than that.
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Old 03-18-2015, 09:56 PM
 
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What? Google, for one, colors controlled-access roads bright orange, everything else yellow or white. It doesn't get any more distinct than that.
How does that help you when you're driving down from Columbus to Cincinnati and need to make a quick decision on whether to use the Norwood Lateral (Ohio 562) or the Ronald Reagan (Ohio 126), both freeways?

I still think it was difficult to piece everything together even with google. I went so far as to look at the satellite view to confirm that I was driving on four lane sections of highway on my Iowa trip.
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