Whaddyareckon?: Using a GPS

Are you a convert to that lovely robotic voice telling you to turn right in 500 metres, or do you coast along fine with an old-fashioned street directory?

Barrelling down a dusty highway with a dog-eared Gregory's on your lap, tracking the number of kilometres until the Big Merino appears on the horizon: such memories form part of your typical idyllic Australian childhood.

With the emergence of in-car navigation systems, many a map book has been replaced by a talking GPS. Compact, hands-free and shiny — what's not to love? Well, maybe the tendency of some units to occasionally lead you into a lake or down a narrow cul-de-sac. But at least you can then blame technology for your road-related mishaps rather than having to admit to less-than-stellar map-reading abilities.

So what's your choice: map or GPS? In Whaddayreckon? this week we're asking whether you use satellite navigation when charting your course.

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