Streets & Trips or a Garmin GPS for a trucker?
Greeting's Laptop GPS World,

I just joined, and I have a question for you.

After two years of using a Garmin Nuvi 255 wide screen, I have decided to update what i have . I checked with Garmin, and they want $90.00 to update my Nuvi . I have a older version (2007) of Microsoft Streets and Trips that has always been a great help in navigating in a city (I drive a truck). You know when you make the wrong turn, and you come to a dead end, and you ask your self do I turn left or right.

I know that neither Streets & Trips or Garmin are designed for trucks, so with that in mind, what do you think would be the best option? Update the Garmin or buy the 2010 Streets & Trips.

Waiting for your reply.
I was in the same position as you. Do I keep buying the latest GPS or do I look at other options. I drive tour bus.

I have decided to go Log Book software (Drivers Daily Log), and also went with a Toshiba NB200 Netbook. Made a nice little stand for my bus dash to hold the Netbook.

It was a simple answer to switch over to Streets & Trips 2009, now that I had the laptop. I am glad I did. I am presently looking at adding "Truck Stops Plus" to my S&T. As with any GPS and trucking, you must be aware of where you are going and what may or may not be an obstacle for you. I am very glad to have made the switch and wish I had done it long ago.

BTW, a new GPS is around the $500.00 mark. My switch cost... Netbook - $200, DDL - $95, Streets & Trips w/GPS receiver - $120.00, Total = $415, Seemed like a no brainier to me.
I've used Streets & Trips for the last 3 years on my laptop and never had a problem. You just have to be sure of the route in unfamiliar territory, sometimes there's no substitute for Rand-McNally Motor Carriers Atlas! I also use the Drivers Daily Log program. The biggest benefit to using a laptop is I can also have a google earth map of the location I'm going to, weather and so much other info at my fingertips. And there's also the added plus of having a much larger screen than any GPS unit I've seen, easier on these old eye's.
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