A GPS system is a valuable investment if you regularly drive to areas you are unfamiliar with. Its pre-loaded maps and turn by turn navigation instructions can save you a lot of wandering around in the wilderness when you're looking for your friends' Bobcaygeon cottages. However, not everyone has several hundred dollars to spend on a system, or thinks it's a worthwhile investment if they only need one once a year. For these people, online maps can be an acceptable substitute.
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Online maps such as those found at Mapquest and Google combine satellite photos with data collected by bands of roving imagers and geographical surveys. As a result, they are able to combine photos with terrain data and street maps in one convenient package that can help you not only find your Niagara Falls hotel but also determine what terrain you will drive through on the way to it. Most online maps services also allow you to program in directions from Point A to Point B.
The best part of online mapping systems are that they are free to use and reasonably accurate when it comes to urban destinations like houses for sale in Aurora. You can enter your address and the address of your destination and have the system show you the best route, including all turn information, along with an estimate of how long it would take to traverse this route by car, bike, or on foot. You can even drag corners of your route away to change streets or avoid busy intersections.
The major drawback of online maps, however, is that they are not updated in real time like your GPS. They can show you only the route to your Poughkeepsie, NY homes, not where you are along it. Therefore it is your responsibility to follow the map and keep on the route. The online map cannot tell you if you have made a wrong turn, as your laptop or smart phone is not actually communicating with a navigation satellite, only accessing stored data on a server.
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The best way to use online maps is to look up the route beforehand and study it. Print or save a copy to your laptop or smart phone and have it open as you are driving. Keep an eye out for street signs so you know where to turn. If you're traveling with someone to a Puerto Vallarta condo rental, it is best to have them map read for you.