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Finding driving directions used to be a hassle. Navigating unfamiliar territory used to mean huge stacks of computer printouts, thick road almanacs, and giant folding maps. Even though most smartphones also include GPS functionality, a stand-alone GPS navigation system offers many benefits versus using your phone for directions. For example, dedicated GPS navigation systems are made to easily mount in a spot on the windshield or dashboard, making it easy for drivers to check directions at a glance.
At the beginning of the 2000s, maps were still driving us crazy: Unhandy and confusing, they often led us astray and contributed to our despair on many a vacation trip. Fortunately, navigation devices began their triumphant advance around 2005, and by 2017 half of all German households were equipped with a navigation device.
Among the manufacturers of navigation devices, Garmin stands out as one of the most proven and popular brands – under the motto “Durable by Design”, they have dedicated themselves to numerous product lines in the field of navigation.
The Garmin DriveSmart 55 is one of the finest GPS navigation systems designed for your car. The variety of features makes it useful for everyday driving as well as road trips. This GPS navigation system is preloaded with maps for North America. Every purchase of the unit includes lifetime updates of its maps for free. All you need to do is connect the device via WiFi.
The touchscreen extends to the end of the frame. It is easy to read the on-screen maps while driving and the Garmin DriveSmart 55’s clear directions will help you reach your destination without hassle and on-time. The GPS unit supports multiple languages for Spanish-speaking drivers.
It is also possible to customize your route based on the height, length, or weight restrictions of the roads you will be traveling. Ordinary drivers will not have a use for this feature, but drivers who haul big loads or trailers frequently will find it extremely resourceful.
The DriveSmart 65 comes with detailed maps of North America. The GPS unit features WiFi capability for easy updates without needing to use a computer. The Bluetooth wireless connection allows pairing with smartphones for additional features using the free Garmin Drive app. These advanced map and direction features include live parking info and access to live traffic cameras along your route.
The 6.95” display is large, but the frame is so thin that the Garmin DriveSmart 65 does not take up more space than most smaller models. The screen is bright and easy to see and the touchscreen is responsive and accurate.
The Garmin DriveSmart 65 not only provides lots of alerts designed to help you avoid traffic, but there are also several driver alerts that help drivers be more aware of their surroundings. Drivers using this GPS system will be notified of upcoming road situations including sharp curves, railroad crossing, and changes to the speed limit.
With preloaded maps of the USA, the Garmin Drive 61 provides detailed directions at a glance. This car GPS unit not only receives route-information via a network of 14 geosynchronous satellites, but it also connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth in order to receive real-time information on traffic, road conditions, and parking.
The comes in two screen-size options, 5 and 6 inches. While the touchscreen on both models is responsive and simple to use, the total display area of the 5” version is small, which sometimes makes it a bit more difficult to see the directions, particularly when the split-screen for the advanced lane guidance is needed.
The system features several different Smart Reminders. Driver alerts include voice announcements or visual displays on enlarged maps that zoom into complex intersections and other troublesome areas. It also reminds you of the speed limit. Drivers may receive notifications of upcoming gas stations, stores, schools, red lights, or high-speed cameras.
One of the things that really stands out about this navigation system is that it is very easy to follow the directions. The Garmin Nuvi 57LM GPS Navigator uses landmarks and traffic lights to guide you to where you need to go. It allows you to avoid examining the smaller details as well as the chance of getting lost.
The spoken directions are very clear and easy to understand. The system has preloaded maps for 49 different states. It is straightforward when you need to look up a destination. The Garmin Nuvi 57LM GPS has partnered with Foursquare to make it simpler to find popular stores and restaurants. The Direct Access feature of the system means that you will be able to find your local malls and airports a lot easier as well.
The display on the system is a little smaller so some people may find it a bit more difficult to see directions or use the touchscreen. There is also an issue some users have with the touchscreen not being fully responsive.The good news is that the screen has a dual display which allows you to get two different views of the road you are traveling on simultaneously. The dual display helps notify you of immediate turns while preparing for directions in advance.
What is most attractive about the Garmin Drive 50 USA LM GPS Navigator System is how easy it is to follow directions. The screen is clear and provides incredibly concise directions. The device gets rid of any unnecessary details so you will be able to focus on the road more easily. There are also voice directions if you don’t want the screen to serve as a distraction.
What really makes the Garmin Drive 50 USA LM GPS Navigator System so user-friendly is the way that it uses traffic signs and landmarks to give you an idea of where you are and where you need to go. So, if you aren’t used to traditional directions the feature comes in handy.
The navigation system is perfect for the modern user. The Garmin Drive 50 USA LM is compatible with Foursquare to create preloaded and updated maps. As a result, you will have no trouble at all finding popular hangouts.
The Garmin Drive 51 comes loaded with maps for the USA and Canada, but since this is one of the older models on our list, it is especially important to update this unit before using it. Not updating before using could result in missing efficient routes, or even being directed to take streets that no longer exist.
In addition to turn-by-turn directions while driving, the Garmin Real Directions feature also uses buildings, traffic lights, and other easily recognizable landmarks to make navigation easy. This makes it easy to follow directions at night or in other situations where reading the names of street signs is difficult.
The Garmin Drive 51 comes in two sizes, allowing drivers to pick between a 5-inch and a 6-inch model. The maps are simple but easy to read and the next turn is clearly shown on the top of the screen at all times.
This GPS unit can also be combined with the BC 30 wireless backup camera to add perfect visibility while reversing. We recommend that you have this camera professionally installed to guarantee proper alignment and operation. At a resolution of only 480×272 pixels, this model relies on simplified maps and graphics to display properly.
Featuring clear, simple menus, detailed maps and easy-to-follow spoken directions, the new Garmin Drive 52 navigators go above and beyond to simplify any road trip or daily commute. Featuring crisp 5, 5.5 high-resolution edge-to-edge or 6.95 high-resolution edge-to-edge display sizes, these helpful GPS devices include map updates, travel information for road trips and driver alerts to encourage safer driving. Garmin Traffic is ready to use right out of the box with no smartphone needed. Plus, you’ll enjoy The HISTORY Channel database of notable historic sites, a U.S.
national parks directory, TripAdvisor traveler ratings and millions of Foursquare points of interest. The Garmin DriveSmart products add voice-activated navigation and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for easy map and software updates. They can also be paired with the Garmin Drive app on your phone for hands-free calling, smart notifications, live traffic/parking/weather and more.
The Garmin dezlCam 785 LMT-S is an advanced truck navigator that features a high-resolution 7 Inch display, which is easy to see and comes with powered magnetic mount to easily mount. It comes with built-in dash cam automatically records the drive and saves video of detected incidents. Forward collision and lane departure warnings help encourage safer driving. It has a microSD card built-in slot to store additional data if needed, or to upload extra information. Speed limit indicator helps to be on the right side of the law by displaying limits for most major roads.
The navigator has wireless Bluetooth technology which interfaces with smartphone to access live services using Smartphone Link. The voice-activated navigation which operates device with spoken commands helps to make and receive calls using the built-in speaker and microphone keeping your hands free to drive.
5.0” truck navigator with maps of North America, Plus free lifetime map updates and free Live traffic Customized truck routing for the size and weight of your truck, Plus alerts for upcoming Bridge heights, weight limits Easy break planning with timely notifications for breaks, Plus up ahead road signs to suggest nearby restaurants, rest areas Truck & trailer services directory; even filter truck stops by brand or amenity such as “flying J” or “Showers” Control dēzl with your voice, and enjoy Bluetooth hands-free calling and built-in Wi-Fi for easy map.
This USB mass storage device is compatible with Windows XP or newer and Mac OS X 10.4 or laterGarmin dezl 580 LMT-S, Truck GPS Navigator with 5-inch Display, Free Lifetime Map Updates, Live Traffic and Weather
Bright, crisp navigation display with custom truck routing. High-resolution. Custom truck routing. Truck parking. Directory of truck and trailer services. Route warnings. Steep grades. Sharp curves. Bridge heights. Use the Garmin Drive App for Access to for access to these features.
Live weather. Live traffic. Live fuel prices. Load-to-dock guidance. Easy break planning. Voice assistant. Hands-free calling . Works with backup cameras and other third-party wired backup cameras . Wi-fi map updates. Works with Garmin eLog compliant ELD. Package Contains: OTR700, vehicle suction cup, mount, vehicle power cable, USB cable, documentation. Includes preloaded street maps for the United States, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Bahamas.
You will need a computer or wi-fi network with sufficient capacity and compatible operating system to update the software and maps on your device. To obtain the current requirements, which may change over time, see Garmin.com/express. Garmin reserves the right to provide you with the finest product available to date.