What is the best GPS for truckers?
We asked this very question to both new and experienced drivers themselves. We wanted to find out what real drivers prefer, not just what the industry reports claim to be the top-rated GPS units. As it turns out, there were a couple of surprises and a couple of names you'd expect to see. Take a look...
And... the #1 voted GPS is actually an old school atlas? As it turns out, a lot of truckers still like to rely on the old school atlas to get them where they need to go. This could be due to having one too many of those experiences where GPS directions have gone wrong. Either way, it's kind of refreshing to see that so many truckers still love to use these as map reading skills are still very important.
Of course, most of the drivers said they use an atlas with a digital GPS as a companion, but still, it was the #1 voted for choice! Here is a link to an atlas we think would be the best to have.
#2 Garmin Dezl 580 LMT-S
The #2 voted best GPS for truck drivers is a Garmin Dezl 580 LMT-S. This is a 5" navigator with live updates, and weather updates by linking to a phone app. You can customize your trucking route by putting the size and weight of your semi truck into the GPS system. These are some of the top features but they also have many more! Now, most of these are on the more expensive side. These would be a good thing to ask for for Christmas or a birthday. If you are able to spend the money to get one of these, according to our truckers, it will be well worth it. Here is a link to the Garmin Dezl 580 LMT-S, go check it out!
#3 Rand McNally
Just like the #1 choice was a Rand McNally atlas. Of course, it only makes sense that our #3 choice is a Rand McNally digital GPS.
Some of the top-rated Rand McNally units can creep up there in price. Be sure to save up or do your research to pick out the best one for you that'll last plenty of years to make it well worth the purchase. Here is a link to a Rand McNally GPS we think you'll all like.
#4 Google Maps
Believe it or not, the #4 most voted on GPS was good old Google Maps. As it turns out, many drivers just prefer to utilize this built-in option from their cell phones.
Didn't see your favorite GPS listed here? Feel free to comment! We love hearing opinions!