I was on a mission when I entered my wireless provider a few years ago and bought my current mobile device: obtain GPS. People had told me how much easier it would make driving, and I would be wise to obtain the technology. And as I soon discovered when I began using it: they were right.
GPS has made driving more enjoyable.
Another negative when I worked with print maps was that it presented safety issues as I had to constantly look away from the road and at the directions while driving. I always felt like a public service announcement waiting to happen (“Friends don’t let friends take their eyes off the road while looking at printed directions unless they want their friends to
rear-end another vehicle and watch their insurance rates go up...”)
I like that GPS speaks to me and provides turn-by-turn navigation, so I don’t have to take my eyes off the road. I’m also warned well in advance before I have to take some action – make a turn, get off at an exit, etc. I was constantly missing something when I used the paper maps (“Wait – was that..? Oh, man!”). Another plus is I'm able to reroute around traffic accidents and construction delays. A few months ago, I got around the double whammy of a traffic accident on top of construction delays. I felt so empowered – sometimes you have to savor the little things.
As you have probably surmised, I'm willing to defend my decision to use GPS
because it makes driving infinitely less confusing and stressful. If that harms my thinking skills or makes me need the technology, then so be it. It's sure better than rear-ending a Buick.