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#1 TeachmeMum

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:27 PM

Ok be honest who here uses a street directory?

Who uses a GPS?

If you use the GPS can you read a street directory or not?


FWIW I own a street directory only and have no problem reading it either.

Edited by Sapere Aude!, 12 April 2012 - 04:28 PM.


#2 Beanbag Warrior

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:29 PM

I only have a street directory.  It's a backup to the whereis.com-ing I do before I go on a trip to anywhere I haven't been previously

#3 ubermum

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:30 PM

Neither. I use the maps function on my phone.

#4 Guest_tigerdog_*

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:31 PM

QUOTE
FWIW I own a street directory only and have no problem reading it either.


This is me too - I don't get these people who can't even set foot in their car to go on a trip without the GPS - what did you do before they were invented (and there are plently of people out there like this IME!).

#5 IsolaBella

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:36 PM

I use street directory (I am very good at reading maps and have a good memory so I can look at the map and then drive to my destination).

I only use the GPS when driving Melb-Syd not for directions but as a good guide to timings to the next stop (so I can tell the kids correctly when they say "how long"). Sometimes we have changed a stop due to how long it would take to get to the next point of stopping and the kids being prematurely cranky in the car.



#6 ~Delilah~

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:40 PM

QUOTE
I use street directory (I am very good at reading maps and have a good memory so I can look at the map and then drive to my destination).


Same. I like my street directory. I get one every other year. I do use google maps online if I'm going somewhere that's outside of my directory but when planning a holiday, I use maps. When I last went on holidays my Mum was worried we'd get lost so gave us her GPS. The kids used it as a toy.

Edited by ~Delilah~, 12 April 2012 - 04:41 PM.


#7 qak

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:42 PM

I have always used a directory - until I got a (smart)phone!
I don't think paper directories will be around for much longer ...


#8 JRA

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:42 PM

I haven't user a street directory in years. Yes i use the gps in the car.

Yes of course I can read a street directory/map. I am not pathetic

#9 mmk

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:43 PM

I have an old directory in the car for emergencies, but I generally whereis before I leave and print it off if I have to.

Our gps was invaluable when we drove to the Sunshine Coast from Melbourne, plus when we were driving around there (looking up addresses for shops etc).  

They both have their uses.  When I was a truck driver I wouldn't even consider using a gps because of bridges and needing approved roads, but in the car a gps is easy and gives you an eta.  The mistakes they sometimes make though drive me nuts!

#10 heffalumpsnwoozles

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:44 PM

I own a street directory and can read it just fine. I also own a GPS, but only use it if I'm going somewhere I don't know, or if going a long distance (as PP said, it's good for timing). I do love it when I'm going somewhere new, as it shows me exactly where my turnoff is and I don't have to crawl along annoying everyone behind me looking for the street I want to go down. I usually check my routes on Google Maps before I leave home though. The GPS doesn't always pick the best way.

#11 Buffalo Soldier

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:45 PM

I use both. I find the directions in the Melways first (because I am a visual learner) and then I'll put the address in the GPS - I prefer to have some idea about the names of roads I'll be using.

On long trips we have it on so that the kids can see the distance/time themselves (kids are 14, 12, 9 and 7.5)

#12 IsolaBella

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:46 PM

In the US dad had a GPS and I had a map...... on many occasions I out directed the GPS to the point that dad 'retired' the GPS for the rest of the trip and left it up to me and my maps.



#13 Fenrir

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:53 PM

I have both and use both. As a courier I can tell you that a good GPS(Garmin) is worth its weight in gold.

When I have to deliver paint to new housing estates sometimes the map on my Garmin doesn't show the new streets. I then use Google maps on my phone to get me there.



#14 mumto4boys

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:57 PM

I have always loved my street directory and couldn't see the use for a GPS, but I am a total convert now.

We were driving overseas and the car hire place had run out of GPS units. They told us it was cheaper to head to Walmart  ohmy.gif and buy a GPS than hire one for a month anyway so we did.

I don't need it for day to day driving but when I go someplace new it makes it just so simple. I think what I like best though is that I can see my arrival time biggrin.gif

We not throw it in the carry on bag whenever we go interstate or overseas and we don't need a new directory for each place.



Had to laugh at a PP using it to get from Melbourne to Sydney. DH turned ours on to drive from Gold Coast to Sydney. I laughed at him because it's a simple case of get on the highway, drive straight ahead for 850 km and you're there. No directions needed for that biggrin.gif



#15 mumto4boys

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:58 PM

QUOTE (Beautiful Warlock @ 12/04/2012, 04:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have both and use both. As a courier I can tell you that a good GPS(Garmin) is worth its weight in gold.

When I have to deliver paint to new housing estates sometimes the map on my Garmin doesn't show the new streets. I then use Google maps on my phone to get me there.



Interesting that you should say that. I'd never heard of Garmin but that was what we purchased as our 'cheapie' from Walmart and it had been great. Free map updates and it has taken us over a number of continents.


#16 fancie

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:21 PM

We only have a street directory and DH proudly tells everyone that I'm the best navigator ever (I don't drive so have made myself indispensible).

The only experience I have had with a GPS was with an insurance assessor who had made an appointment to come to assess storm damage to our home.  He didn't arrive.  Then I received an aggressive phone call from him, telling me to please answer my door.  I answered the door, no-one there.  I told him that there was no-one at my door.  He got very angry and accused me of playing silly-buggers and not being home at all.  He insisted that he was parked outside my home waiting for me.  I told him that I was now standing in my front yard and that there weren't any cars parked in my street at all.  I asked if he had the correct address.  He said of course he did, he had used his GPS and described my house as a white weatherboard single storey house with a dingy parked out front.  I told him that I didn't know where he was but it wasn't even in my street.  It took him another 45 minutes to finally arrive.



#17 ~JASB~

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:27 PM

QUOTE (JRA @ 12/04/2012, 04:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I haven't user a street directory in years. Yes i use the gps in the car.

Yes of course I can read a street directory/map. I am not pathetic

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I have a street directory in the car for 'just in case' something goes wrong with the GPS, but much prefer the GPS.  Especially going to kid's sports games at away grounds, just type in the ground name and away we go.


#18 Julie3Girls

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:31 PM

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GPS is great for driving through towns/cities, especially if you are on your own.

Street maps are great for getting a general idea. And I also love paper maps when travelling long distance - nice to be able to look on the map and see what is the next town coming up etc.

#19 Kay1

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:33 PM

I've recently got a GPS (Navman) and I am finding it so hard to use!! Its terminology is so whack. Like if you are supposed to stay on a road every time you go past an intersection it will say "Exit 'roadyourareon'." Now to me that means get off it, not stay on it!! rant.gif Obviously if its somewhere I know I ignore but if you are using it it generally means you don't know where you are going!? I have now taken to using it without the voice and just following the arrow on the picture. wacko.gif

#20 Dionysus

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:34 PM

QUOTE (JRA @ 12/04/2012, 04:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I haven't user a street directory in years. Yes i use the gps in the car.

Yes of course I can read a street directory/map. I am not pathetic



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#21 **Xena**

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:38 PM

Google maps

#22 KatakaGeoGirl

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:42 PM

If it is planned I look up first on whereis.com and otherwise street directory!

#23 IsolaBella

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:50 PM

QUOTE (mumto4boys @ 12/04/2012, 04:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Had to laugh at a PP using it to get from Melbourne to Sydney. DH turned ours on to drive from Gold Coast to Sydney. I laughed at him because it's a simple case of get on the highway, drive straight ahead for 850 km and you're there. No directions needed for that biggrin.gif


NO I was saying it was not used for directions but timing so I knew when/where to stop when the kids were getting cranky (ie. the next stopping place being 30 mins or 1.5hrs away). It is very easy to drive from my place to my folks (Melb-Syd)..... soon we will only have 4 sets of traffic lights between us in Melb and getting off the Harbour Bridge at North Sydney (and as I grew up in Syd and my folks have lived in the same house for 35yrs I know how to get there even with my eyes closed wink.gif ).




#24 ~JASB~

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:54 PM

QUOTE (Kay1 @ 12/04/2012, 05:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've recently got a GPS (Navman) and I am finding it so hard to use!! Its terminology is so whack. Like if you are supposed to stay on a road every time you go past an intersection it will say "Exit 'roadyourareon'." Now to me that means get off it, not stay on it!! rant.gif Obviously if its somewhere I know I ignore but if you are using it it generally means you don't know where you are going!? I have now taken to using it without the voice and just following the arrow on the picture. wacko.gif

I've just replaced my old Navman with a new Navman, and neither of them have done this?  They just tell me to "continue straight", or "keep right" if there is another road that veers off to the left.

It has made me laugh recently though when it told me to "perform a U-turn when possible" while I was on a motorway biggrin.gif   Ipswich Motorway though - massive changes have been made out there and the GPS signal was getting lost wink.gif

#25 threeinnyc

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:58 PM

Before GPS existed; we relied on our street directory, when whereis existed we used to print the itinerary how to get to places, and now and as per OP: GPS all the way!

Of course I can read street directory  cool.gif we use googlemaps a lot whenever we travel O/S.




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