How many can read a map?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Bigwin123, Mar 5, 2021.

  1. Bigwin123

    Bigwin123 Heavy Load Member

    Nov 22, 2019
    I thought I could read a map very well. Untill I got into a discussion with a gray beard trucker.
    He was listening to my convo with another driver about my ticket. He asked if I could read a map. To which I replied yeah pretty good. I started learning how to read them to avoid sitting idle for hours in accident or construction.
    He said you know how to find your way around thats good. But if you could read a map. You would have avoided this ticket.
    I have a 2019 atlas. Can some one. Or some others explain what he meant?
    P.s.if your reading this thanks. I walked away with some helpful knowledge.
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  3. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    Well, what ticket? If it was an overweight, the old guy meant, if you had a paper map, you could find a way around the scale. Maps on phones don't give the bigger picture.
    Paper maps, interesting subject. I've found, that stamps a date on your forehead, paper map. On a visit to L.A. a few years ago, I simply couldn't get my bearings, that place is so big, so the THIRD gas station I went to, had some maps( with dust on them) then I was able to see where I was. I don't mean to ruffle any feathers, ( but probably will) I've also found, for what ever reason, women I've known, just can't grasp the concept of a map. My daughter, on a trip, relied solely on her phone deal, UNTIL THE TIME RAN OUT!!! You should have seen the panic. My elderly neighbor, same thing, holds a map upside down, and she can't figure out where she is. I'm just the opposite, these GPS routing infuriates me, once, I knew a shortcut, this friends phone is freaking out, I said, "would you turn that GD thing off"? I have no use for a Truckers edition atlas, but I have the regular one, and wouldn't leave home without it.
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  4. BM 58

    BM 58 Light Load Member

    Jun 25, 2019
    A good old fashion truckers atlas is still a must unless you are delivering construction materials to a new area that may not be on the map. Trucking routes are posted better on a map than most of the high dollar GPS gizmos. I too use a Garmin but it will get me in trouble at times too.
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  5. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    If you're delivering to job sites or new construction that doesn't have an address you can check with the local Fire Department. They always have a good idea where everything is and sometimes you can score a cup of coffee along with the directions.
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  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Get the large print, laminated truckers road atlas.
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  7. jason6541

    jason6541 Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2012
    Omaha, NE
    I use a road atlas and still have my Thomas guides at home for SO Cali.
    Not many drivers problems remember them.
    Driver may have been talking about bridge laws, weight restricted routes, or a whole host of other topics in a motor carrier atlas. Throw the ####ing GPS out the window except for ETA or general routing.
    Don’t have one don’t need one. I still use my atlas and call a customer and get final mile directions. Never been routed down a dirt path or across a cemetery, or some such nonsense as those GPs horror stories. But then again some people have less sense then a ####ing farm animal
  8. flood

    flood Road Train Member

    Dec 25, 2010
    My guess the ticket was for being on a "restricted road" right.....?

    In the front pages of the atlas list the TRUCK restricted roads...
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  9. rachi

    rachi Road Train Member

    Feb 25, 2010
    Yeah, I remember the thomas guide. Used it up untill around 2006!
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  10. nredfor88

    nredfor88 Medium Load Member

    Sep 26, 2019
    I know enough to double check my GPS with my Rand McNally Atlas to make sure I’m on an STAA route in states I’m not familiar with. Also for restrictions and low bridges. That’s worked out well enough so far.
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  11. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

    Aug 27, 2017
    I agree, most of the guys who still swear by a paper map don't OTR spot market and they still have a flip phone.
    Modern trucking is all about the tools. No way I'd want to be a part of this game pre smartphone, pre-inverter, pre laptop, pre Facetime, pre 12v refrigerator. It would be hell.

    Use all the tools at your convenience! You simply won't beat Google Maps for traffic and basic bird's eye view, you won't beat it for satellite images and street view either. This stuff keeps you safe.

    I run both a paid truck GPS and Google maps at all times. I still consult paper when I'm looking for a legal route off in the sticks.
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