I felt the same way about GPS’s at first. I’ve traveled to just about every state in the US with my job and always used Maps and Map Quest before GPS units came out. I still stayed away form them for awhile because I felt like it was a waist of money and I could use Map Quest to guide me from the airport to the job site and back.
My little boy started playing baseball and turned out he is pretty good so we started traveling to different places for baseball. That’s when I decided to buy a GPS and I love it. The first time I used the GPS was when we had a State Tournament in Chattanooga, TN. My Mom went with us and woke up with an abscessed tooth. She called her dentist and he called in a prescription to Walgreens. I had no idea where Walgreens was but a couple of pushes on the GPS and I was on my way to Walgreens. I always put my Hotel in the GPS so I can pick it and return back to the Hotel. I use it to find restaurants and really almost anything I need. We even use it to find a place to eat while driving. Just decide where you want to eat and pick it on the GPS and it will show you where the closest place is.
This year we ended up in North Carolina playing in a 7/8 year old Regional Tournament and the GPS was worth the cost again. On the way one of the parents following me realized he need to go to his Bank Branch to handle some finances after one of his employees called him. Couple of pushes on the GPS and we found his bank branch. We exited the interstate and drove through some town to his bank. This would have been difficult without the GPS and calling a local and getting directions isn’t always very helpful.
I know on one baseball trip before the GPS someone knew a restaurant they wanted to eat at so everybody follows them because no one else knew where it was…45 minutes later we end up at the restaurant…it was only 15 minutes for the ball field.
Does the GPS always work…No but it is a very useful tool.