Sat. Nav. How good are they ?
Posted by Allan C. on September 3, 2019, 9:19 pm
Iím now onto my 5th Sat. Nav. Having bought my latest in April. |
Mine are for trucks and cars towing caravans and motor homes as you enter the vechile lengths, widths, and height plus weight.
I have found them to be a good AID but they do have their limitations.
I would love to be able to put in my full route which this month would be 2 days down to Folkestone and then 3 days down through France. About a 1000 miles each way.
It would be easier if I used the toll Autoroutes in France but that could cost between £100 and £150 each way.
Therefore I use the toll Autoroute from Calais to Abbeville and the one from Lyon South. Those cost about £40 total each way.
The rest of the journey is non toll. However I sometimes jump on and off toll roads to get around cities.
I am in a learning curve with this new unit and the route is new to me as we wish to visit Troyes on the way down.
If we used our normal route South, that would be a doddle, I know most of it by heart. I also knew most of the foibles of the old unit.
My ideal Sat. Nav. Would be one that you can give it voice commands. Garmin do a few but they cost £400+. I would never buy one of those unless I had tried it on one of our trips.
When we travel, Ann always has a Michelin Road Atlas on her knee, usually with the route marked on it.
She tells me when asked what that place of to the left is ? Also whatís coming up ahead, fuel stops, parking areas.
This is a throwback to the early days in 1979/80 of our first trips. The Sat. Nav. Comes into play when locating campsites etc. And things that maps do not show.
There is a vast difference between travelling in Britain and France using Sat. Nav. First the distances involved and then the use of toll roads or not, or more, the chopping and changing between one and the other.
The use of toll roads or not requires a change of settings.
On this trip I may use new and old Sat. Nav. Together, did it on a 250 miler in June.
Hope this gives you food for thought. Something a bit different