One of the greatest things about using Street Maps for your directions is just how easy it is to use. In fact, it’s probably the simplest thing you will ever do.
As soon as you land on the website you are faced with two boxes. In box one you type in what location that your trip will be starting from and in box two you type in the location of your destination. You will notice as you type that cities start to appear in the drop down box- make sure you select the correct one. There’s a big difference between driving from San Diego, California to Aberdeen, Scotland and Aberdeen, South Dakota.
There’s also a bar that features some great choices to include on your route, you can tick or untick each box as they apply to you. You can see gas stations, food places, hotels and motels, rest stops, coffee shops, tourist sites that include excellent things to see, as well as traffic cams and weather radar. So pretty much everything that can have an impact on your route all right there in front of you.
Once you have selected your route and asked Street Maps to route you will see that on the left hand side of your screen you have a step by step route to follow from start to finish. On the main section of the screen you have a map view. Depending on the length of your trip will depend on the zoom that your map starts out with. You can zoom in and out, though. There’s also street view which can let you check out your destination, but you can also drop the little yellow man (he’s located just above the zoom + - and you can grab him, drag him and drop him on any street to get a closer look) into tourist spots along the way to get a sneak preview of what you’ll be seeing on your travels.
It is so easy, all you need to do is type in your starting point and finishing point and enter them to get your route. You don’t need to be great with maps to read step by step instructions, whether you are the driver or the navigator you can both rest easy in just how simple these directions are to read and follow. You can print them out before your trip, or keep them handy on your phone or tablet to read them as you go. Street Maps gives you turn by turn directions so that they are as simple to follow as possible.
Street Maps will factor in real time traffic information, so if you can have it on your mobile or tablet then you’re in a better position to get the best possible routes, as it will help you avoid any traffic jams as you travel. This feature is especially handy if you’re looking for routes to work that can avoid heavy traffic congestion. Or, if you live in a heavy traffic city and you’re looking for an optimum route. Street Maps simply cannot be beat, by offering you accurate, easy to read maps that are fully up to date and real time traffic information that will help you avoid pesky congestion sites. You’re just a click away from a weather update, too.
If you’re planning a big road trip, then you can use Street Maps to plan multiple routes. Plan your trip from home to your first stop, then put in that point to your next stop, this will allow you to check travel times so that you can plan your trip right down to the last minute. It can be great for you factoring in day trips and planning all of your activities in advance so that you get the most out of your trip. Don’t make your plan too rigid, though, give yourself some leeway in case you spot other sites you want to see that maybe don’t pop up on the route.
It’s just a simple fact of life that if you want to get to where you’re going you will need a helping hand. Using a map shouldn’t be seen as a sign of weakness, but a sign of intelligence. Why wouldn’t you want to have a view of every tourist site on your path? Why wouldn’t you want to know where you can get top up your caffeine fill and some free Wi-Fi to keep up to date with your family and friends on your travels.
Plus, you can use Trip Advisor to check out hotels and restaurants on your route and plan out where you want to stop along the way. I don’t know about you, but I like to know where my next meal is coming from, and I even like to plan ahead by checking the menu to see if I can get some good BBQ.
Street Maps is quick and easy to use and offers up to date information that is sure to get you where you going as quickly and safely as possible.
You can plan in your rest stops to coincide with coffee top ups and gas fill ups, and if you’re really good you can even work a tourist point of interest into that same location.
Get turn by turn directions to alleviate your stress and allow you to enjoy what truly makes a road trip a road trip.