These units make road trips less stressful for the navigationally challenged.
Magellan RoadMate 1440
The nifty QuickSpell feature minimizes time spent searching for destinations, plus a multi-stop trip planner allows you to drive through the rolling hills (or never-ending cornfields) in peace. $219 at Sears (2 N State St, 312-373-6000).
Garmin Nüvi 205 Portable GPS
The Garmin Nüvi has 5 million POIs (that’s GPS jargon for “points of interest,” such as local landmarks), and a supersensitive receiver to pick up satellite signals even on overcast days. $140 at amazon.com.
Apple GPS application
If you have an iPhone and access to a vehicle, you’re all set for a road trip free of wrong turns—3G iPhones can now download a variety of GPS applications, including the All-in-one GPS app ($5), which features a compass, trip tracker, current location, maps, speedometer and altimeter. $.99–$10, download from iTunes store.
TomTom ONE 130 Portable GPS Navigator
In a time of penny-pinching, we treasure the Navigator’s fuel updates that point us to the thriftiest gas stations. $112 at amazon.com.
NAVIGON 4300T max
Traffic jams could be a thing of the past for you, since this device offers real-time spoken traffic updates that automatically notify you of upcoming traffic congestion and re-routes. $279 at CompUSA.com.