I am really bad with directions. You could say I’m “directionally challenged.” (Spell check says that’s not a word, but I beg to differ.) You know how you hear someone is “missing a sensitivity chip?” Well I’m missing my “directional chip” for sure. I’m just very prone to getting lost. Ask my husband. He has plenty of stories he could tell you.
I used to pretend I was just fine with finding my way but finally decided it’s not worth it. Who am I kidding? People will start spouting out directions to their house and I’m nodding along, when in reality I have absolutely no clue. A couple years ago, I received a GPS system for Christmas but after the darn thing tried to point me down a dirt road on more than one occasion, (resulting in me getting even more lost than before), it went into the junk drawer and has remained there ever since.
Now thankfully I have a husband who’s the opposite – he’s very good at getting us places. He remembers directions without ever writing it down. Now me? If I’m going someplace new, I have to write down every itty bitty thing (landmarks, please!) I even go to online map street view.
Maybe it’s because I’m originally from Ohio where roads actually make sense and there are…wait for it… street signs! Here in New Hampshire (all of New England really), our roads twist and turn and there is no logic most of the time. You could be driving down one road for 10 minutes and it will have changed names three times. And street signs are often non-existent. Even if there is one, there’s no guarantee it will be there tomorrow. People tell directions “Turn left at the big rock on the left.” Well this is the Granite State, folks – we practically grow rocks. Not really helpful!
Needless to say I’ve had my share of “adventures.” A couple years ago, I found myself lost in our very own town (and we had lived here for a good 4 years at that point so I can’t claim being new to the area in my defense.) I decided to try the “backroads” to our house and turned in the direction I thought was correct. Of course it was wrong and I ended up lost.
To make matters worse, I got the car stuck because I tried to turn around and it was snowing pretty heavily. I remember vividly seeing a police car drive by and thinking that I should have waved him down. I called Nate who told me that he’d of course come help me, but as he was an hour+ away at work, it would be quite a wait. In the end, I was able to get the car out and home safely. But it took four times as long had I just gone home the original way. And I found out later that had I simply turned right instead of left, I would have been home within 2 minutes. Oops.
The good news is that today we have a lot of options. There’s great GPS devices and even GPS apps for smart phones. And I just found out about a new app from Verizon that I could really use.
It’s call VZ Navigator and uses voice guidance that actually points out visual landmarks, like “turn left at the next traffic light.” How great is that?
Because sometimes the traditional GPS systems and their “turn left in 300 feet” can be just plain confusing. How am I supposed to know how far 300 feet is when I’m paying attention to traffic, and oh yeah, there’s THREE streets in a row on the left!?
Other cool features with Verizon’s VZ Navigator include notifications about school zones, speeding alerts – even gas prices and real-time traffic updates. This app will actually tell you if there’s a traffic jam ahead – BEFORE you get stuck in it. Think of how much time that could save! It also tells which lane we need to be in before we make the turn. Now that’s my kind of app!
So the app sounds pretty awesome, but what’s the catch? There’s not. Verizon is offering a 30 day free trial for smartphones. That’s perfect timing for holiday travels. And after the 30 days? It’s just $2 a month. I’m pretty frugal, but to even me, that would be well worth it.
You can download the VZ Navigator app here with its free trial.