Don't Use A Non Commercial GPS When Driving a Commercial Vehicle!

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by MooneyBravo, Mar 25, 2022.

  1. MooneyBravo

    MooneyBravo Heavy Load Member

    Feb 20, 2012
    Brunswick, Oh
    There may be a similar story on Truckers Report but this is my story. I was in a restroom the other day at a truck stop and I heard a Google GPS going off. At first I was joking around with the driver and asked him if he was lost. LOL

    We started talking and I asked him if he was a truck driver. He replied yes. I told him that I would be very weary using that none commercial GPS for guidance. He asked me why and I told him because the GPS doesn't know that you're a commercial vehicle.

    If you are using a non commercial GPS for truck guidance, sooner or later it's going to bite you in the ###.

    Invest into a good commercial GPS. The other thing is, even though GPS can make things easier, it's a good idea to use your head. Look over the route it plans b4 you go. Not very often but they can screw up due to map updates or wrong addresses.

    Be wise!
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  3. Jacoooooooo

    Jacoooooooo Medium Load Member

    Oct 20, 2013
    Sometimes trucking gps will give you a 40 mile detour because of the ghost bridge that it thinks is somewhere en route or because it thought there is a truck restriction even though it’s a “no truck u-turn” only or something similar. Both are helpful if you can use them and compare again each other.
  4. 062

    062 Road Train Member

    Oct 20, 2013
    B806362F-2B83-4DFF-8CAE-DC33A5D22C5B.jpeg Now you tell me :oops:
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  5. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    under a shade tree
    even though i got off the road, and became local, then dedicated, i never used a GPS. i relied on a good old fashion Rand Mc Nally truckers road atlas.

    only when i got my last job, did i have a GPS for downtown Boston, then i took a "test drive" in my 4 wheeler, to follow that routed plan. but, even the truckers GPS (a Rand by the way), wanted me to go down a very narrow horse and buggy WTF.....a truckers GPS......whaaaa...?????

    good thig i took my 4 wheeler, found the correct way, then actually threw out my Rand........LITERALLY threw it out the window, but near my house, not in downtown Boston....

    now i have a Garmin, but it is for 4 wheelers, and i am retired. for when i leave the state for vacation trips. so now, if i go down the wrong road?

    i can make easier U-turns, or back up, or see the ocean, before i drive into it.....

    otherwise, truckers buying the wrong GPS, to me, are just too lazy to learn how to read an atlas, specific for truckers.
  6. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    Florida Panhandle
    Still don’t have a GPS. no need for one.
    I sometimes use the google maps satellite view to see where the fuel tanks are at some airports I haven’t been to. Or use it to see if a hotel has truck parking.
    Drove for 30 years with nothing but a map, notepad and phone numbers. Seemed to always get to where I needed to.
  7. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    Florida Panhandle
  8. Brandonpdx

    Brandonpdx Road Train Member

    Dec 27, 2007
    Elkhart, IN
    If you're a dumba** it might. Joogle Maps doesn't start the turn by turn navigating until you push the big red start button, so before that there is plenty of time to review the whole highlighted route especially near your final approach. If it's trying to send you down some questionable route to get to your driveway, zoom out and study the bigger picture. Often it will bypass a major street or through route trying to save 100 feet of travel distance, which IMO is stupid programming no matter what you're driving...computers are only as "smart" as the doofuses who program them. Stay on the primary routes all the way to your address if you can.
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  9. kylefitzy

    kylefitzy Road Train Member

    Aug 12, 2007
    Kansas city,Mo
    Google maps has never let me down. Then again it’s not the one holding the wheel and shifting the gears.
  10. tlalokay

    tlalokay Medium Load Member

    Jun 3, 2014
    El Paso, TX
    All GPSs will fail at some point in a single trip.

    I bought and used two RM GPSs for years when I first started driving. No telling how many times I had to ignore the route as presented by RM to shave up to an hour off my travel time.

    In these last few years, I've run only Google maps. I still have ignore parts of the route it will present, however, I can be sure that the route presented considers traffic and whatever settings I input- whether to avoid tolls, take the quickest or shortest route, etc.

    Many drivers aren't running the whole country with different locations every trip. Many drivers are dedicated or make the same runs most of the time. This obviates the need for forking out the $500+ for the new-fangled contraptions that "Truck GPS" makers want us paying every couple of years.

    As always, keep your head on a swivel and know when to follow directions, from GPSs, dispatchers, brokers, shipping/receiving workers, etc. AND when not to follow them.
  11. drh72

    drh72 Light Load Member

    Aug 19, 2012
    Northeast Minnesota
    Mustang190 hit the nail on the head!!

    Us older guys and gals only had and address, phone number and appointment time. I guess we just can't relate with why the new drivers need all these expensive gadgets to figure out where the're going. Your truckers atlas will still usually get you within a few miles of the customers door, now instead of calling I take a look at google maps when I plan my trip for the final mile or two. On the occasion I still have a question on the route I call just like we use to.

    Do they even train new drivers on how to use an Atlas anymore?
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2022
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