I replaced it with a 5Ē Snooper about 3 weeks before the Falcon was returned updated.
I used the Snooper to travel to the South of France and return trip. On one 250 mile journey I set up and used both at the same time. First to check out the Falcon was working ok and second to comparison them both.
I found that I preferred the Falcon over the Snooper. First the larger screen Is larger than the Snooper also the Snooper would tell you to leave at the next junction sooner than the Falcon.
But that causes a problem where you have 2 or 3 take offís from a motorway that are close together. They are common in Northern France and particularly Belgium. So you can easily take off on one junction too soon. I nearly did but Ann always map reads and checks the Sat Nav screen at junctions JUST IN CASE.
The Falcon voice instruction are clearer than the Snooper for me maybe because of my hearing problems. Ann tends to agree.
I feel that the Falcon gets with it sooner than the Snooper if you switch your route by leaving Toll roads. Remember that you set the Sat Nav configurations before you set off like motorway or non motorway plus other settings.
My Sat Navís are able to be set up for cars. Car and caravan, lorries normal and articís. Length, width and height plus weight. Other limits can be set up.
Yes it is too easy to follow the Sat Nav. And ignore signage. Diversions cause problems some big time.
Now I could get to,the South of France without a Sat Nav as we always are map reading along the way. I also know most of the routes having done then 2x a years for 15 years.
I find the info that they give you say time and distance left to travel is very helpfull.
I put in the days route which is usually 150, 250 or 400 miles but I do alter the route if required at the 2-3 hour stops.
My Ideal Sat Nav would be one which allows voice commands to alter the type of roads to use, destination etc..
Some of the Garmin top end allow this but cost over£400.
Now lorries trying to go up or down Sutton Bank or other tight spots. This may well be that the the driver has not checked what the Sat. Nav is set up for. A Sat Nav would never take a lorry to Sutton Bank or a car and caravan if it was set up correctly. I will try my 2 tomorrow just to see.
I would put it down to driver error in most cases ignoring signs and not setting up the Sat Nav in the first place.
However I still have a big BUT. With these gadgets. As Inhave on quite a few occasions What the XYZ is it taking us down this road.
So we will stick to the old best and tried way eyeball and map with Sat Nav an add on for info.
Beware that the Sat Nav in your car is only for a car. You cannot use it if you are towing.
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