Which is Best: Sat Nav or Map?

Published on 22 January 2014

Car insurance, car tax, the National Car Test (NCT), there are many things to think of before we actually get on the road. These elements are obviously key, but an overlooked hurdle can often be the planning of your trip, especially if it's a long one. Most of us manage to get ourselves around by car pretty easily in our day-to-day lives, but for longer trips or when visiting a place we’ve never been before, some kind of navigation aid is essential.

Satellite navigation systems, or sat navs, have become commonplace in recent years, and now even some mobile phones have Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. But do they offer any advantages over a map? Let's find out...




The main advantage of using a map is that it's far cheaper to buy than a sat nav. Maps do require some skill to read them properly, and some planning. It can also be difficult to read a map in the dark, and if you get lost down a busy road you may have to pull over to try to work out where you are. Maps also cannot warn you about road works or accidents causing traffic jams.


Sat Navs


Sat navs will navigate you to your destination using satellites and will re-adjust the route if you take a wrong turn. Some of the more expensive models will guide you away from traffic congestion too. The disadvantages of sat navs are that they're expensive to buy and can be a distraction when driving. Sat navs also need to have their software regularly updated to take account of new roads opening. Despite these drawbacks, sat navs are by far the better choice to get you around the country easily and without stress for you or your passengers.


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