Road Atlas

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by mellowinman, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    I was looking to update my road atlas, for my drive up to Minneapolis. I want to plan my route effectively, avoiding toll roads, and having a Plan B in case of surprises.

    My last drive, from Fort Wayne to Florida, I brought directions, and black and white maps I printed from Google. I took a really cool route down, but on the way back, I took a wrong turn, and ended up lost in Ohio at 4:00 in the morning.

    I don't have GPS, and I don't go online with my phone. I LIKE the old school full-color road atlas, and I think you should have one in your vehicle.

    I was told by several people at several stores that "no one uses them anymore." They heard a rant, where I qualified it by saying, "this is not just about your store, but about society in general..."

    Finally, I found the REALLY BIG Rand McNally 2014 Travel Atlas of the United States, Canada and Mexico for just under $7.00 at the Truck Stop.

    You can't imagine the feeling of happiness I get, having that in my vehicle.
  2. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    My dad always told me to get and keep one. I agree, it's a great idea to keep on in your car. Even if I had an endless tablet or cell phone power supply, I'd still want to use the Rand McNally Atlas.
  3. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I use my iPhone for all my driving needs

    Maps are so 90's......
  4. Where I work, our main office is basically a full-serve gas station right off a major highway. I can't remember the last time we sold a map or an atlas, really. But I do have them in my truck, although they are probably outdated.
  5. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Haven't had one in years but plan buy one just in case. I have a GPS and it works well. I keep it updated. It does get screwy every now and then but I just drive slower to give it a chance to correct itself. Every now and then it'll think I'm pointing in another direction and have me driving in circles! LOL "Recalculating"!
  6. And that's why they are objectively better.
  7. I was going to suggest going to a truck stop to get one. Also just follow the truckers, they'll know all the best ways to go.

    My uncle owns a trucking company, any questions on potential routes and I ask him.
  8. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I have used them a good deal in my life. I haven't used one in a few years now. Internet route planning, greater knowledge of the roads, and GPS on my phone have made them pretty much obsolete for my needs.
  9. marko138


    May 24, 2013
    Perry County PA
    I used to keep a big atlas in my truck. Smartphones and GPS over ruled those.
  10. Dug2

    Dug2 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    yep, the pilots, loves, petros will be best for atlas's and coffee, nothing like
    truck stop coffee
  11. If going old school, I like Thomas maps. Sold with a ring spine and covers a HUGE area for maybe 20 bucks or less. Only thing is if you get to the edge of a page you will have to find the next non sequential page which requires a little flipping through, but no folding at least.
  12. Google maps is always up to date.

  13. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    For "city" driving, real time traffic data from a smartphone is indispensable. For the boonies, I use Benchmark Atlases and/or an actual GPS.
  14. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    24 west, 39 north, 90/94 to MPLS.

    I keep my trusty Rand McNally atlas handy, Guess Im just old fashion that way.
  15. BassIsBoss


    Jun 25, 2007
    Nova Scotia
    The atlas let's you look at the big picture. I just did a 'driveabout' of Louisiana.....left the GPS in the glove box and just went where it felt right. The GPS is cool for getting out of places like Bruges or finding that one address in Toulouse.
  16. will33


    May 22, 2006
    I still use old-school paper maps all the time....screw GPS. I-94 doesn't have tolls, but takes you right through Chicago. Gotta pay tolls to go around it. Then going north into Wisconsin, you can either pay a toll, or take the regular highway and go throigh some towns/stopligjts, but it's not more than 30-40 miles.

    My family lives about half way between Minneapolis and Fargo. We went that way coming from Nashville at Christmas. Driving through Chicago on Christmas Day there was virtually no traffic. :)

    If you get confused or lost, ask a trucker.
  17. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    I'd second this for an old school map book approach. The tow company I ran many many moons ago used them exclusively. They keep them up to date and they are driver friendly to read and route from.
  18. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Tampa, FL.
    Columbus didn't need a map. Neither did the Vikings.

  19. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England

    You could argue that the 'map' they used was overhead ;)
  20. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Thomas Guides were the de facto standard in Smell-A before the emergence of GPS units. I remember them well.

    The bad part was I'd need 3-4 different Thomas Guides (LA County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County to cover the areas I'd drive to on a regular basis.