The advantages of renting a GPS

December 1, 2014

Travelling in new places with a car can be liberating. But without knowing where you’re going, it can be stressful. That’s why you should consider a GPS.

The advantages of renting a GPS

If you’re going on vacation and will be renting a car, you’re probably thinking about how you will find your way around. Being in a new city or driving on new roads can be stressful if you don’t know where you’re going. So the question is, should you rent the GPS with a car rental?

The answer: it’s probably a really good idea.

Alternatives to a GPS are not great

You don’t have to have a GPS. Let’s face it — people used to use paper maps to drive around all the time, and they survived. You can even print directions from home before you leave. But when it comes to knowing where you're going, nothing lives up to turn-by-turn directions in real time. There's even an estimated arrival time that continually updates throughout your trip. The easier solution for getting around today is a global positioning system.

Getting lost will be a thing of the past

There’s nothing like the feeling of not having to worry about where you’re going. When you’re exploring a new place by car, you want to be stress-free, and not worry about getting lost. With a GPS, this can happen. All you have to do it type in your destination, and voila! Just start driving, worry-free.

Minimize arguments with your significant other

Most people in relationships will say that one of the greatest sources of arguments between couples is trying to decide which route to take to reach a certain destination. Having a GPS removes the need for conversations about directions, because the GPS is always right. There would be a lot more peace between you and your significant if you just rent one.

Why not consider buying your own GPS?

If you rent cars regularly enough, it may be worth it to buy your own GPS. GPS units have gone down in price a lot, so the cost of renting one for several days might even be more than just buying your own unit. But renting a GPS by the day is usually not that expensive, so you may not want to commit to buying one.

Actually, one advantage of renting GPS units is that you’re sure to always have the latest maps installed — since rental companies ensure that the software on their units is up to date.

So, should you rent the GPS with a car rental? Well, unless you have access to a GPS by some other means, you should absolutely rent one with your rental car.

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