What Trucker Gps Is Better? My Qualcomm Keeps Getting Me Into Trouble...

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Jamie,

You said you use the Garmin Dezl 780. When you get a chance, please provide a little more information about your use, such as voice command, etc.

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Jamie,

You said you use the Garmin Dezl 780. When you get a chance, please provide a little more information about your use, such as voice command, etc.

I have only had very few problems while using it, nothing common sense couldnt get me out of. I dont tend to use voice command to much and even have it disabled. But it's a good way to find parking near by, addresses, etc. Although, I use it for all of my routing, I also use Google Maps ONLY to navigate to the truck entrance as some of the addresses given takes you to the employee parking lot generally.

Over all it has been a very nice investment and has helped me navigate over 130,000 miles across the country with very minimum problems such as routing me on restricted roads and what not. But just got to keep your eyes on the road and read signs and you'll stay out of trouble.

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With my last company, they used the Qualcomm and I absolutely hated the GPS on it. Granted, it was my training company and at times I relied way more than I should of and have learned that lesson the hard way on more than one occassion. Since moving to the company I'm with now, they use PeopleNet and a built in CoPilot GPS. In my honest opinion, CoPilot is a far superior GPS (They even have an android/ios app version of it).

That all said, I mostly just use CoPilot to do the heavy lifting of guiding my trip (After I have verified my route using more conventional means). When I get within 100 miles of my destination, I'll research the best way in (Assuming I'm going to a new place of course). This usually involves checking the route CoPilot is suggesting and then using google satellite maps to get a visual on the streets and figure out where the docks are; making adjustments as necessary.

Most of the places I go to are Post Office bulk mail distribution centers, newspapers, commercial printers and on occasion a bulk paper roll warehouse etc. (I work on a dedicated account). So I frequent the same places over and over generally. As many others have said, research, research and more research. When in doubt, call the customer up and verify the directions. :)

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
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