There’s nothing quite like hitting the open road. You’ve got your playlist queued up, the tank is full, and you’re ready to roll. There’s just one question: Do you know how to get where you’re going?

Whether you’ve got an hour-long daily freeway commute, or you’re following your favorite band on their 36-city summer tour, there’s going to be some planning involved. As a society, we’re spending more and more time on the road, traveling from one place to another. While there’s something exhilarating about the open road and journeying to a new place, the experience can be quickly soured when you realize you’ve missed the exit, or you forgot the directions you printed out earlier at home.

We’ve all seen the comedy where the main character ends up lost on the side of the road, wrestling with a map. While it may be amusing to watch on the big screen, no one actually wants to be that guy. This is why car GPS systems have become so popular. Even the most seasoned road-tripper can’t plan for every scenario. Road work, inclement weather, and accidents can all cause unexpected detours. When you’re driving, the last thing you want to have to do is pull over and spend time squinting at a road map to try and find an alternate route. With GPS navigation systems, there are no worries. In a matter of seconds, your navigation system can recalculate the route and have you on your way. In addition, some mobile navigation systems can monitor traffic and road conditions and alert you to any potential issues ahead of time, saving you precious time and ensuring that you can relax and enjoy the journey.

The convenience of in-dash navigation isn’t limited to just getting you from point A to point B. With GPS technology constantly being updated and improved, new features are always being rolled out. In addition to giving turn-by-turn directions, some of the many features you can find in a portable navigation system include:

  • Traffic conditions
  • Speed limit
  • Lane assist
  • Point-of-interest information
  • And many more

Many systems are now equipped with hands-free controls and spoken directions, so you can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road, making your commute safer, to boot!