I had planned to rent a car in Los Angeles on a trip last month. Therefore, I took my Garmin Nuvi 200 out of my car and packed it along with my garments for the trip. It was quite helpful at times, of course, in California since I don't live there and had to get around. When I returned back to Chicago, I forgot to put it back in my car on my first non-routine day of travel at home. Yesterday, I went to see the doctor and had planned on making a few other side trips on the return home to accomplish some additional errands. However, I since I had forgotten my Garmin, with which I am now helpless, I was unable to complete the additional errands. Does anyone else feel lost when they forget to put their GPS in the car now?
No, you just have to make an effort to be independent of it. I've only been living in my area for about 4 months, and already I don't use the GPS much anymore.
You just have to realize things like, "Hey, I already know how to get home from here, I don't need the GPS." The more you do things like that, the better you learn the area, and soon you don't need it much, except to find places you haven't been before.
Also, even while using the GPS, pay attention to street names and exit numbers. You can't learn them if you never pay any attention to them.
Personally, I've never found a need for GPS systems. I can always pull up directions on my phone if need be, but usually if I have a general idea on where I'm going, I'll be just fine. You simply need to become familiar with an area, if it's someplace new, just grab directions. Acutally, I have missed turns in the past because of a GPS system (borrowed it since I thought I needed it). It wouldn't prompt me at the right time, and the directions it calculated were inefficient.
Never used one.... and always laugh when I hear stories of cars in lakes etc... "because the GPS told me to do it".
What was ever wrong with a map ???