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    GPS for city driving - what would you recommend?

    Hi
    Looking to get a basic but user friendly GPS for the town car.
    Just something that works with a reasonable size screen. ( My off road one is about 170 by 100mm and is the large size)
    Something that you can easily put in an address and it will give you reasonable and audible directions to it.
    Something that is easy to keep updated.
    It is going to be mostly used getting around Melbourne where we will be a fair bit in the coming months.
    What should I avoid?
    What are some of the good ones?
    Not looking to spend more than 2 or 3 hundred really.

    thanks for any leads.
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    GPS for city driving - what would you recommend?

    Garmin Drivesmart LT...

    Go to Ja-Gps and take a look... come with lifetime map updates...

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    GPS for city driving - what would you recommend?

    Google maps on ya phone.....if you donít know the address just start typing the business name and most times it pops up.

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    VIC road rules prohibit use of a phone and that includes maps on a phone while driving, so this option has a potential down side if caught.

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    The Garmin units are pretty good and come with regular map updates.
    I have one in my truck and one in SWMBO's truck, they haven't missed a beat for the last 4-5 years
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3toes View Post
    VIC road rules prohibit use of a phone and that includes maps on a phone while driving, so this option has a potential down side if caught.
    Not strictly true 3toes.

    From the Vicroads site:

    Navigation devices and GPS unitsHide

    A driverís aid such as a navigation device (including a GPS unit) can be in operation but it must be an integrated part of the vehicle design, or secured in a commercially designed holder, which is fixed to the vehicle. A driver is required to have proper control of a vehicle, the entering of address information in a GPS while a vehicle is moving would be contrary to this rule. Address information should only be entered while a vehicle is pulled over and parked. Taking your eyes off the road for more than 2 seconds doubles the risk of crash. Alternatively, voice recognition is strongly recommended.
    All learner and probationary car and rider licence holders and riders with an E condition can operate a navigation device if it meets the above requirements and it is not part of or a functionality of a mobile phone.
    Fully licensed motorbike riders are exempt from the above rule however cannot hold the navigation device in their hand (can be in backpack/pocket etc).
    Note: The mounting of a mobile phone should not obscure the drivers view of the road

    If the phone is mounted in a commercially designed holder, not obscuring the drivers view of the road and they are not entering address info etc while on the move, it's perfectly legal.

    That's why I use "Metroview" on my phone in a ram mount for city navigation stuff.
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    Friend was fined by Vic motor bike police officer for use of phone while driving when was using as a sat nav fitted into a cradle. Police had used a helmet camera to film so perhaps he was touching screen at time. Officer told him to use a proper sat nav in future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3toes View Post
    VIC road rules prohibit use of a phone and that includes maps on a phone while driving, so this option has a potential down side if caught.
    Really......I used mine every other day, well most days actually. Its always in a cradle and I have the function that stops notifications when blue tooth connects turned on an I also see Maps not google maps turns the screen on and off as required I.e. @ 10km from a turn the screen come on for x amount of time than turns on again when your approaching the turn.

    Hope it isnít the rule in Queensland although I was in Vic two weeks ago for a week with work and used it everyday......I would have been ****ed of if I got a fine.

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    Your Smartphone is an "OK" solution But the screen is very small, it uses data when in GPS mode AND it can be a distraction if you get an SMS or a call.
    A dash mounted GPS is Not that expensive these days and is a better option to using your phone, You can also pay a little extra to get one with Off road maps as well as the road maps on it.
    Another reason a phone is an inferior GPS option is that if there is NO phone reception it won't work.
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    I now have my second Tom Tom, one of the larger ones this time. I am extremely satisfied with it. I get "lifetime" map updates but need to pay an annual subscription for the camera updates. It had a default Kiwi male voice when purchased but fortunately there are a number of choices. The first one had a horrific nasal female North American accent. I have Aust/NZ and North American maps installed. Without it I think I would still be going in circles around the big interchanges in Des Moines and Minneapolis. I did go around in a loop in Pittsburgh but that was my fault for not realising that two exits could be so close together.

    I worked out that the gadget is programmed to seek out main roads, freeways, etc, and directs you on to these even if they are not the shortest or fastest route. So a little local knowledge helps.
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