If you are still printing driving instructions from the Internet or even emailing them to your phone, you are wasting your time and you need to get a GPS. For as little as $99 you can go to any please in the US and Canada and don’t have to worry about maps or instructions.
TomTom, one of the GPS vendors released recently a new service called TomTom Route Planner, which provides free door-to-door route planning options to any address in the U.S. or Canada.
The Route Planner calculates your routes based on the real average speeds measured on roads. This will always provide you with the smartest route hour-by-hour, day-by-day, saving you time, money and fuel. The map is refreshed every day thanks to our Map ShareTM technology. This means that new changes on the roads spotted by members of the TomTom map community are taken into account when calculating your route.
I plan to use the Route Planner from TomTom a lot, especially for long distance drives and I advise you to do the same. Real traffic information on GPS devices costs extra money, so why not take advantage of a free route planner that has the most accurate maps, updated with the latest input from drivers, who constantly drive those roads.
The service is in beta now and opened to anyone. If you are curious as to how TomTom updates the maps, click here.