It’s no secret that I’ve never been thrilled with the idea of vehicles being equipped with things like OnStar because it gives others what I feel is entirely too much information about where and when I travel.  And lets not forget about the fact that it’s at least possible for the system’s microphone to be turned on by remote without the knowledge of the people in the car.

On the other hand, I have to admit that there are times when it would be extremely handy to be able to hit a button and get some good solid directions.  A great example of this happened very recently.  I had to drive to Little Rock to pick up my niece.  This may not sound like a big deal to most folks out there but for me this is a pretty big deal.

It meant an approximately two and a half to three hour trip which is farther than I’ve driven at one time in years.  It also meant driving in the city.  Something else I haven’t done in years.  The frustrating part is that not only did I manage to get lost on the way in, I also got lost twice on the way back and ended up driving at LEAST 20 miles in the wrong direction before I finally got directions that put me where I needed to be.

As a result of this, I’m now taking a serious look at a Garmin GPS That I saw on sale for half price.

It would have prevented a lot of aggravation and wasted time and gas.  Plus, unlike the OnStar thingy, the Garmin can be tuned off or even have the batteries removed when it’s not in use, which ought to take care of the privacy issue presented by OnStar.

Next time I need to travel outside my normal environment out here in the sticks, I’m thinking it’d be a great idea to have something like that to keep me from chasing myself in circles in an unfamiliar town or city.

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