GPS?

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mountain girl's Comment
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I bought the Rand and it's gotten me into SO much trouble in the city that I quit using it. I use AT&T Navigator subscription from my phone. I pay $9.99 a month for it and I don't care. It finds me the fastest routes and gives up-to-the-minute traffic updates all day long. It gives me an eta based on traffic and speed and almost never fails. It is the best for city driving.

-mountain girl

Errol V.'s Comment
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I bought the Rand and it's gotten me into SO much trouble in the city that I quit using it. I use AT&T Navigator subscription from my phone. I pay $9.99 a month for it and I don't care. It finds me the fastest routes and gives up-to-the-minute traffic updates all day long. It gives me an eta based on traffic and speed and almost never fails. It is the best for city driving.

-mountain girl

MG, as a city driver, you pretty much know your territory. But the AT&T Navigator you use is designed for regular automobiles. It does not count for bridge weight restrictions, other "No Trucks" areas, or underpass clearances. And I bet the ETA you get probably assumes 65-70 (as appropriate) on the Interstates.

I'm not pointing fingers - I use Google Maps the same way, but I double check areas as I mentioned.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

mountain girl's Comment
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Truth is, I don't know the city that well but I DO know where the low bridges are. The ETA adjusts while I'm driving so if I'm in traffic, that changes by the minute - a little more precise than you're implying. Like, way. Any-hoo. I don't recommend Rand. The app I use also recognizes construction.

Joe S. (a.k.a. The Blue 's Comment
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I have used Garmin for years.

My first one was the nuvi 550. Then I went to a Nuvi 650.

I loved them both. I would rate them 5+ stars.

My 650 finally gave up the ghost a few years back and I couldn't find it anywhere. So I went with a Garmin 465T.

The very first actual trucking GPS. Until I started using my 465, I didn't think Garmin could be beat.

It was terrible. I can't name all the mistakes it made. Wrong turns. Would not recognize on ramps to interstates. Plus many more.

Well I eventually broke down and bought the Dezl 760. I had read all the reviews. Read all the hype. And I was really looking forward to it.

I am very very disappointed in Garmin. All they did was take the programming from the 465T, with all of it's mistakes and wrong turns, and put it into a bigger body. With more bells and whistles.

It makes the same wrong turns that my 465 did. It gives me some of the same wrong "directions" as the 465T.

I have sent message after message to Garmin. I have made phone call after phone call. And nothing has changed. And for the money I paid. This thing should program it's own route. I bought it new from Pilot.

It doesn't have even half the truck stops listed. Mostly just the big ones. Love's, Pilot/Flying J, and Petro/ T/A.

Not very often does it have the "no name" truck stops listed.

As far as the directions, (actual mapping directions) yeah they are correct. More so than the Rand's. (Both my trainer's had Rand's so I know how they work) It has never sent me thru a residential area. The Rand's would on a regular basis.

It has never sent me on a truck restricted route.

It's the other problems that it has that has me upset with it.

One of the worst things, to me anyway. For no reason, my Garmin will recalculate a route while I am driving. On the route suggested.

There have been times that I would plot a route. Check it will my atlas. And confirm that was the route I wanted to go. While enroute, the GPS would change my route for no reason. And it doesn't always tell you when it recalculates.

Just day before yesterday. I was on a 2 lane road in MA. I had pre-planned my route. I was going down the road and all of the sudden, I was passing my turn off. I pulled off the side of the road at the first chance, looked at my GPS. It had changed my routing and I didn't know it.

Everything turned out OK. I just went thru downtown which I had not wanted to do.

With my Garmin, there have been times that I would leave a truck stop wanting to go south on the interstate. My Garmin didn't recognize the south bound ramp and would want to send me north to the first exit and then go south. It has done that several times.

For the money I paid for it, I have to keep it for now. But sometime in the far future, I will have me something better. Not sure what yet, but I doubt it will be another Garmin.

Keep it safe out here, the life you save might be your own.

The Blue Angel.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
johnchapter1 (Nate W.)'s Comment
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This may have already been said previously by some here, but just keep whatever GPS you get updated. Before purchasing ensure that you know how long your provider will provide updates for your device; otherwise there will be streets that will not exist on the GPS after time has passed.

Phox's Comment
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I don't have one for trucks but I think it's safe to say the reason people like the rand one is because of the features designed for truckers so they don't get stuck on a route that they should not be on. every piece of technology is going to have it's share of bugs... it happens and usually most companies fix them BUT you also have to update your software to the new versions to get those fixes, if you just make phone calls and send emails it'll never get updated, you need to plug the device into a computer, download and install the update.

personally I prefer waze as my goto navigation however it is designed for cars not big rigs. I would need to confirm the directions being given would work for me. Waze is nice because it has crowd sourced info, construction, road closures, traffic, accidents, police hiding up ahead, etc and if traffic gets bad after you are already in route it will try to find a better route on it's own and update your directions, sometimes it's bad about how much time it gives you to change your route though. was driving on the freeway once had horrible traffic (more than usual) and all the sudden it started making noise and then told me to get off the free way at the next exit which was less than 1/4 mile away and i was in the fast lane... had to change lanes real quick, luckily everyone was going slow and people let me in (must have been tourists cause that's not like most Texans to do that). the route it put me on wasn't much different, basically taking access road instead of freeway but i passed about 4 miles of traffic before it had me get back on so it did get me there faster.

I think I have seen some trucking gps apps on google play store too... those could be worth a try. just remember bugs happen and you gotta report them so the company can fix them and then you gotta update your device's software so you get those fixes.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Josh H.'s Comment
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I went back and forth when I first started driving. So much so, that for the first few months I didn't even use one. The first time company directions had me backing out of a residential area, I decided it might be a good time to find one lol. I couldn't stomach the $350+ prices at the truck stops, so I started looking at other options. I ended up coming across Copilot Truck on the app store and figured I'd give it a try. For an app it is a little pricey. I think I paid right around $100 for it a few years ago, but in my opinion it's well worth it if you're in the market for a truck specific GPS. I just use it on my phone, and it's worked great. I always cross reference everything with google maps before I take off, but I've never had any issues. At the time, I couldn't find another one that allowed me to adjust my route anywhere I wanted, which is what really sold me on it. You can layer the screen with truck stops, washes, restaurants, and whatever else you want too.

Sometime toward the end of last year Maverick started using Copilot on the QC's, but it seems like a really dumbed down version of the one I use on my phone, so I don't really use it at all.

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