i drive a truck and i used a tomtom one (2nd gen) for almost a year. upgraded to a 720 and just love it.
u need to remember that a gps is just a tool, there is a learning curve to it. i don't consider it a replacement to the truckers atlas or any other map. i still use the 2 together. it's very handy at night or early morning when it's dark and u can't see the street signs very well, sometimes it will run u past the address or bring u up short. it doesn't know about weight restrictions or low overpasses (this is where u need to keep ur eyes open and pay attention)
it will let u review the route if u don't like it, recalculate and see what happens..remember that LEARNING CURVE...
pilots plan the flight and fly the plan. truck driving isn't much different in that respect. and if u frun outa fuel u get to pull over the the side of the road
i've also seen comments in the forums that it will give a much longer route than what u might take urself locally so the users complain and return it for a garmin that they claim will give the correct route. (they'll bitch about the garmin later too)
#1. they're not spending any time on the learning curve.
#2. not matter who programs it and how...it's still a machine and will have a machines logic. (tomtom's are little linux computers)
#3. go back and read #1 again.
remember...don't forget the LEARNING CURVE...
Thanks, he carried my GO 700 with him this last trip but the way Schneider National has booked his last few trips he hasn't had much use for a gps. he has sat at truck stop for the past 4 days waiting to get a decent run, he's finally headed out to penscola today, 450 mile run, looks like he is going to beI would actually love this but to my knoledge there is not a portable device that comes preloaded with this.I actuall use a GPS program for a laptop that gives you bridge clearance,weight limits and hazmat routes. It is a great software but like you I wish my tomtom done this. it is called "Co Pilot for profesionall drivers"
I'll look into the Co Pilot, he has my old laptop and GO700 with him, the co pilot has what he's looking for but like you said it's not portable, thanks for the replyI would actually love this but to my knoledge there is not a portable device that comes preloaded with this.I actuall use a GPS program for a laptop that gives you bridge clearance,weight limits and hazmat routes. It is a great software but like you I wish my tomtom done this. it is called "Co Pilot for profesionall drivers"
I'll look into the Co Pilot, he has my old laptop and GO700 with him, the co pilot has what he's looking for but like you said it's not portable, thanks for the reply
I'll pass the info on to him, thanks for the replyUsed the ALK product for years. Always thought CoPilot was the cats ass.......till I got my 1st TomTom software for my 1st PPC. It's [CoPilot] extremly overpriced and quite frankly,horrible maps.
You can purchase a PPC $300-$500 and load CoPilot for $199.00 [not good]
I've done both and i'm 100% satisfied with my final solution: the 720
For scales,fuel,repair,dealerships,rest-areas.....ect, are all available via POI's
As mentioned above, pre-trip planning is the key to success. Was very impressed by the comments left [above] by a fellow driver above.
Deffinatly!!!!!! purchase a TomTom for your Son. There's enuff of us around that can lend him a hand at equipping his device with *all the driver tools he'll ever need.
*excluding the basic fundamentals "in the art of steering wheel holding"
BTW: doing the Pumkin ain't a bad way to start in this business. Decent equipment and good training. Once he's done a year or better, he'll have NO problem signing up with much better paying carriers. We've all sat and waited for dispatch to get us rolling.....just the nature of the Biz.
could you point me toward those poi's particularly scales and clearance if you have links to them.I havent been able to find anything other then a couple here and there.
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