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Message posted by caroline2209 on 22/2/2011 at 9:44am
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Hi Guys

We're off the france/spain/portugal (depending on how far we get) this summer.  My hubby reckons we should take a sat nav, what's your experience on taking a sat nav across the channel...is it worth it or are we better off with a good old fashioned road map?  Thanks in advance


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Used our Sat Nav for years without any problems. I enjoy map planning anyway so always have the route backed up in a good road atlas but the Sat Nav has never taken us wrong in France.

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When we have driven across france the satnav was an excellent tool.  Use a map as well.  The satnav will give you options a map can't.  If you see somewhere great, say a shop or cafe you really like and want to use again - just save to the satnav.

It is essential for me as my wife is poor at map reading and you can't drive and read a map.  Not safely anyway.  The only thing that threw it was when roads were closed as the tour de france went through the town we were stopping at.


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A sat nav with detailed european mapping will be a valuable aid but a good map is an essential.

I find my sat nav will often help in finding locations/sites particularly but on distance travelling I don't always want to go the way my sat nav tells me. For example there are better ways af getting from north of Paris to south of Paris without going through Paris.



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I wouldn't go without a Sat Nav. I went to France in 04 and had a slight accident, due in part to the fact that I was in a bit of a fluff about navigation. I've since had got a Sat Nav and use it regularly, including a road trip around England last year when I drove from Liverpool to Somerset to London back to Liverpool again (the Ferry from Ireland was in to Birkenhead). I just wouldn't want to be without the Sat Nav and really wished I had one in France when I had the extra catch of driving on the other side of the road.

You still need a paper map for journey planning, so the answer is you need both.


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Thanks for all of your comments, both it is then!  Thanks again

 

ps, our sat nav is called Marg......I take it Marg will still speak English?!!! hee hee


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I think I would consider a sat nav an essential equipment these days but you will need full maps not just main roads as they are generally the easy bit! We also take maps so that we know the sat nav won't take us down small side roads. Also important to have good POI's loaded. A good site is here:- http://www.archiescampings.eu/eng1/

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Marg will speak English.
I hate sat navs but my OH likes them, so we work with both.
I followed a thread on here last year about getting through a big town in France and the advice about which roads to take was invaluable. I printed it off and took it with us. If we had followed the sat nav we would have ended up in quite a sticky situation.
A sat nav is an aid to navigation, not the "all and end all" so I wouldnt trust it completely but would make sure I had the latest map for where I was going.

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I have seen numerous posts about going through Rouen, but our satnav took us through it easily both ways without any problems.

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When transiting large conurbations like Paris or Rouen from what I've read on here, it sounds better to turn off sat navs & follow signposts. I've never needed one but I'm old.

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Our sat nav was the best thing we brought last year, it prevented the usual 'where the F are we' arguements. LOL

Having said that I also have a good map as a back up, just in case.

BTW, ours is called Sophie.

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Brilliant site David . Thanks

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I think the key is to use the Sat Nav intelligently. If you start driving and then try punching in postcodes halfway down the road (whilst driving) and the bloody thing doesn't co-operate and the satellites haven't kicked in then it's a recipe for disaster.

But if you do a little research online using google maps, programme the gadget with your destination and do all your number punching before you've let the handbreak off then things tend to go much more smoothly.

I've been caught out once, I was directed down a road which was a one way street, the wrong way for me (luckily I caught on). Obviously when the mapping was done the one way street was in the opposite direction, then it got changed. When something like that happens, it's good to have a paper map around.


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That is precisely what I did last year, made driving so much easier. Especially as the postcodes in France are specific to quite large areas, unlike in the UK. Some attraction websites do give gps coordinates too.

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I would not drive in France without my SatNav - it totally de-stress's the navigation and it's quite nice to see the countdowns (Kilometres and Time) reducing as we get to the site.   It's ability to get me too and from Charles De Gaulle to the French office in Plessis Robinson is excellent - I know the main route but when it's blocked or I'm diverted then it earns it's money. 
 
Of course, beware of blind following - I missed a no-entry sign and the Gendarme's took a very dim view of it - having said that, they were stopping lots of cars so I guess the no-entry sign was brand new - but no excuse.  I was let off with smile and a wagged finger as neighter of them spoke English and I'd forgotten all my French.
 
Having said that take a map as well - a Sat-Nav is superb for getting you to and from places you know the name of BUT totally useless for finding a quiet looking village on the coast half way or so between Calais and Caen, say about two hour drive.  Find the village on the map and than get SatNav to do it's thing.
 
Mind you - in no way should it be the primary navigation tool - the old flying adage of Aviate Navigate Communicate in that order.... also holds true for cars.  Read the signs!!

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For us satnav absolutely essential - as well as a good road map.  Although the satnav very rarely took us the wrong route - and this might sound daft - where it did take us the wrong route (or we didn't follow the directions properly) the satnav always got us back on track easily enough.  Paris springs to mind (OH took a slip road instead of bearing right and we went right through the centre of Paris - twice!!!).  I don't think we would have got out of it with the same ease if we had only been using a map!!


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