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Owning An Auto GPS Unit And Family Relationships

Jun 27, 2008
Your family is the most important thing to you, and yet when you get out on the road, something happens. You are late, or lost, or both, and you just cant seem to find your way back, so the bickering begins. It has happened to almost every family, but the auto GPS unit has put a stop to this time honored tradition of arguing over who will or will not ask for directions.

The setup is so common that it is a staple of the standup comedy routine. The man refuses to ask for directions. The woman begs him. They fight. This scenario simply does not happen when there is a soothing voice telling the driver to turn at the next intersection, or to prepare to exit the highway shortly. That extra passenger in the car may be electronic, but he/she/it goes a long way toward keeping the peace.

This is true for family road trips as well. For once, the auto GPS unit is doing the navigating for you, and the family is free to talk, catch up on each others lives, and play games with one another rather than have their faces buried in a map trying to figure out where they are. More than one trip has been ruined by a fight that began with accusations about who told who to turn where, and became an argument about something else entirely. How often have you heard someone ask why the family even went on vacation at all, if they were not going to have any fun?

Having a GPS is akin to having a servant who takes care of the one thing that bothers you most about driving (other than waiting in traffic, of course). Not knowing where you are or not knowing how to get where you need to be.

All this stress being lifted from the driver and the navigator has a tangible effect on the success of the family vacation, and on the relationships between driver and passengers even on short trips. The simple fact of knowing where you are can be an amazing shot of relaxation right during the pressures associated with trying to operate a motor vehicle.

For once, the trip really is about the journey and not the destination, because the destination was already chosen, plotted, and provided to the auto GPS unit, and all the driver needs to do is drive, and enjoy the company within the car.
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