Garmin Dezl Truck GPS.

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Pennywise's Comment
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Ill start off by saying.... yes I have 2019 Rand Mcnally, laminated, motor carries atlas, I know its the most important tool in my cab, and I have been studying how to use it with youtube videos.

Some people don't like GPS because yes they screw up sometimes, and because they are ment for cars. Now the new Garmin Dezl is designed for trucks where you can enter you trucks size and weight and it will keep you on the roads where you can fit. Has anyone heard stories or first hand of the Dezl or the Rand Mcnally designed for trucks screwing up. By screwing up I mean under a low bridge or a local road your truck is not suppose to drive down after you had entered your trucks size information. I know they screw up by not finding addresses or taking you the long way. I can deal with that, but going under a low bridge or local road that's a real screw up. I

Old School's Comment
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Your GPS can never make you go under a low bridge. It's not your master, it doesn't take over and force you to do things you shouldn't. If your safety director asks you, "How is it that you struck a lie bridge?" When you answer, as many have, "The GPS routed me that way," you are surely losing your job.

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Don't You Dare Miss That Sign

My personal experience is that I rely very little on my GPS. It's an amazing tool, but not faultless. Yes, my Rand McNally has occassionally tried to direct me on non truck routes and under low bridges. It's tried to direct me to the wrong level on the George Washington Bridge in New York, and tried to tell me to avoid going under bridges that I've cleared several times already.

There's nothing better than paying attention to your surroundings, reading your signs, and having a plan formulated before you ever hit the road.


Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Big Scott's Comment
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Every truck GPS will take you the wrong way from time to time. It is always best to use your eyes and common sense. The other day I had a hazmat load to take from Ohio to Charlotte, NC. The route goes through two tunnels. I called the Virginia DOT to see if I could take what I had through those tunnels. No problem. Also, my Garmin often tells me there are areas on my route where no trucks are allowed. Those have usually turned out to be side streets off the rod I'll be on. You do not need a GPS you can navigate with you RM atlas and written directions. Also, most companies have some sort of GPS built into their on board device (PeopleNet or QuailCom). Good luck.


Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations


Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Amish country's Comment
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The only "problem" I've had is when I get local driving. Never low bridges but there have been maybe a handful of times it brought me down a road that is technically a truck route but trucks have no business being on them. 3/4 of the time I follow the companies directions since they are provided by drivers. Otherwise it is great as an aid and time estimator so I can monitor my HOS.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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