If you’re one of the many people who drive around relying on maps or directions printed off the Internet, you may discover that it’s more beneficial to invest in a GPS system that guides the way no matter where you need to go.
The Garmin Nuvi 255, measuring 3.9 inches wide, 2.9 inches tall and.8 inches thick, sticks on the window or dashboard of the vehicle and provides directions to get you from one location to another. It contains a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts up to 4 hours, but can be plugged into a charging port in the car to ensure it doesn’t die in the middle of a long trip.
It comes preloaded with street maps to show the exact location of where the large and small streets are, the intersections and other identifying information. It supports saving up to 1,000 different favorites, locations and waypoints. If additional memory is needed, you can also add a microSD card for more space for storing custom voices or maps. While lifetime map updates are not included, they can be purchased and downloaded to ensure that the information being referenced is the most current.
So your eyes aren’t distracted while driving, it’s beneficial to have a GPS like the Garmin Nuvi 255, which gives voice prompts along with showing the routes on-screen. The directions, which typically say to turn left, right, continue on-route or make a u-turn, also identify the streets by name. Knowing the name of the street you need to turn on makes it easier to locate in a foreign area. When fuel-efficiency is a concern, you can also specify in the settings to calculate a better and more fuel efficient route.
Avoidance preferences also allow you to designate the type of roads you’re going to travel on while getting to your destination. It’s possible to avoid multiple or single types of roads such as highways or toll roads. If you would prefer not to make any u-turns along your travels, you can also disable those.
To ensure that you follow the speed limit, even when you don’t see the signs posted to inform you of the regulations, the unit has an integrated speed limit indicator to give the speed limits on most major roads and highways in both the United States and Europe. It’s also possible to find some of the largest landmarks by selecting “Where am I?”, which will give the location of the closest hospitals, police stations and address or intersection.
For a little more customization while driving, you can download various car-shaped icons to the device to show on-screen as you’re traveling. It’s also possible to download custom voices, which create a spin on the built-in standard male and female voices that come standard. While it doesn’t include an MP3 player and cannot play audio books, it does have a picture viewer and can be used as a USB mass storage device by plugging it into a computer that has at least Windows XP or higher.