I have been directionally challenged most of my life, hubby says I couldn't find my way out of a paper bag. I mentioned to my son that I would like a GPS device for my car. I have been taking trips back to Michigan to visit family and got lost the last time I went up there.
My son evidently told my husband I had mentioned I liked the Garmin Nuvi which I had seen on TV. Surprise, Surprise, I found the Garmin Nuvi 260W under the tree on Christmas morning. I have used it just twice, but know that it will soon become my best friend when driving in unfamiliar territory.
The Garmin Nuvi 260W comes with a cradle and suction cup mount which make it easy to install in your car. When leaving your car you just remove the Nuvi from the mounting bracket along with the cradle and take it with you. It comes with a vehicle power cable as well as an AC adapter. There is a SD card slot on the side of the Garmin Nuvi 260W which enables you to add extra memory. My husband purchased a 2GB miniSD card for me as well.
The Garmin Nuvi 260W GPS helps you get to where you are going, but also enables you to find the nearest gas stations, restaurants, and other areas while you are driving. You just touch points of interest and it gives you the following options: Food, Fuel, Transit, Lodging, Shopping (not that I need any help with that one), Bank/ATM, Parking, Entertainment, Recreation, Attractions, Hospitals, Community and Auto Services.
As you can see it could come in handy in a lot of situations while traveling. It has a voice warning that tells you not to input information while you are driving. It instructs you to pull off the road before attempting to input information when you first power it up and you must touch AGREE. I am sure this is to protect the company legally in case you were to crash while accessing information.
In order to find an address you touch the "Where To" address button and then select the country, state/province, if necessary. You then touch Spell City. You enter the city/postal code and touch done. You then enter the number of the address and touch done, then the street name, and touch done this will give you a list of street names, you select the street in the list. You may touch the address if necessary. Other options are Go Home which will guide you back home if you are lost, points of interest, recently found, Intersections and favorites where you can store places that you go on a regular basis.
The Garmin Nuvi 260W gives you turn by turn directions. We used this on a trip over New Years and found that it did a terrific job of keeping us on track to our destination. You may choose your route preference whether you would like a faster time or shorter distance, or even off road for those of you who are into this type of thing. You can chose what things you would llike to avoid on your trip, options include U-turns, highways, toll roads, traffic, lol, (who wouldn't want to avoid this one), and ferries. There are many other options as well, but you can check those out on your own.
Under Language you can choose the voice language, Text language and Keyboard language. The options include both male and female voices in Australian English, British English, American English, Arabic, Cantonese, Catala, Cesky, Dansk, Deutsch, Eesti, Espanol both Americas and European, Francais, Francais Canadien, Francais European, Hrvatski, Italiano, Japanese, Korean, Letzebuergesh, Lietuviu, Magyar, Mandarin China and Taiwan, Nederlands, Norsk, Polski, Portugese Brazil and European, Romana, Slovencina, Srpski, Suomi, Svenska, Taiwanese, Turkce, as well as a few others with non English characters. So as you can see this Garmin Nuvi 260W will work for most anyone in their travels.
I know this will help me to avoid losing my way when driving by myself to unfamiliar places. i would recommend the Garmin Nuvi 260W system to anyone who is directionally challenged or anyone who travels to unfamiliar places on a regular basis. It is reasonably priced, as low as $150, and has all the options of many higher priced GPS Systems.