As roads twist and turn throughout our journeys, we may often find ourselves lost if not for our technology (and an occasional gas attendant). Traveling brings us to new places, often very unfamiliar and even strange. Luckily our technological advances have done more than upgrade our entertainment systems, they have made our pathway clear.
There are an assortment of devices that you can use to help you navigate your travels. The classic way is of course to get the old road map out- but with the Internet, the map is readily available to you. Using your good old laptop can help you choose the best route before you ever get on the road. Google offers one of the most popular used sites to help you choose which road to take.
Here you can organize and print out maps to follow. While this is not a device you can necessarily utilize on the road, it can play a vital role in the planning stages of a trip and ensure your safety.
GPS devices that you plug into your car are still amongst the best traveling companions available. Choosing a destination is relatively easy, and you can watch yourself traverse the roads and highways on an instant basis. While these devices can be somewhat expensive, their ability to help you find and locate rest areas, gas stations, and even food are a blessing when it comes to traveling in unfamiliar territory. Some even offer traffic information to help you adjust your direction and avoid sitting still.
Of course there is the ultimate device- the epitome of handy technology to date. The smartphone offers so many applications, such as GPS, allowing you to find out where you are with the touch of a screen. Because Internet is readily available to these devices, you can search maps and locations in areas that have yet to be seen. Even research about your destination is convenient (just not while you’re driving).
Smartphones also offer the benefit of weather updates, traffic, and even road closures on a quick and effective basis. These devices keep you connected to the world via news channels through apps such as Facebook and Twitter. News channels can be some of the most insightful locations to frequent, especially because most people have satellite radio or mp3 players plugged into their dash. News applications are a big plus for any traveler, especially if you don’t know what to expect out of the weather.
Unfortunately for us, technology also offers a bit of distraction as well. Often we can find ourselves clicking on our GPS device or trying to plug our smartphones in. As you drive, you must always practice road safety and trust yourself before your gadgets. If you find yourself struggling with a device, pull over to the side of the road and correct any problems.
As the roads can change- sometimes slipping by the intelligence of technology, we must remember our own common sense. Safety comes first in all things- especially when it comes to technology and the road.