The GPS doesn't always know best

June 19, 2013 12:00 AM

Recently, drivers setting out to reach an unfamiliar place have been relying on navigation systems like a GPS or smartphone map to help them reach their destination. Although this technology may be one of the most convenient ways to get around, it does have its own unique set of disadvantages. 

According to a recent survey conducted for Michelin Travel and Lifestyle, about 63 percent of drivers have had a GPS give them faulty directions. Whether the routes are incorrect or are too complicated to follow, they often leave motorists lost. Luckily, about 46 percent of U.S. drivers keep paper maps in their cars to help them out in a pinch. 

"Technology is great, but a printed map is one of the most important tools a traveler in an unfamiliar setting can have - the battery doesn't die, it is easy to use and it allows you to make decisions on route changes if necessary," said Cynthia Ochterbeck, editorial director of Michelin Travel Partners. 

Maps or atlases should be a part of any vehicle's emergency kit. While your stash may have tools for auto repair or roadside maintenance, stocking it with maps in case of a technology failure is a smart and easy step all drivers can take. 

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