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    i love my gps's...

    the hard part is not looking at it while in motion. i want

    to see how fast i am not going and which direction i should

    have been headed....



    i can see me running into a parked car or go through a red

    light.....



    it has a tracking feature that draws a line as you get lost, so

    when you turn around and stay on the line you are sure to

    be still lost. consistency is important in the woods.



    it has a light, but you have to put your face verrrrry close to

    the screen to read it. this function will help you find a parked

    car quickly.


    i am sure there are other useful features, too.

    i have 2 of these units and i can compare degress of lost.
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    I had a crash coming down a very steep, very windy road three years ago. I just slightly drifted off the right side of the road. Luckily it was on the "up" side of the road, or else I would have been flying down into a steep ravine.

    I'm not sure, but I think I was paying too much attention to my GPS device. I just HAD to know how fast I was going and how steep the grade was.

    There's a time and a place for everything, and bombing down a steep mountainside is not it
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimF22003 View Post
    I had a crash coming down a very steep, very windy road three years ago. I just slightly drifted off the right side of the road. Luckily it was on the "up" side of the road, or else I would have been flying down into a steep ravine.

    I'm not sure, but I think I was paying too much attention to my GPS device. I just HAD to know how fast I was going and how steep the grade was.

    There's a time and a place for everything, and bombing down a steep mountainside is not it
    That's a great thing about keeping a track log, so you can not only view your maximum speed but also work out average speeds over a section of your own choosing.

    I remember how thrilled I was when I realised I'd covered a mile in under two minutes. Never mind the fact the mile I selected started with a nice downhill runup. I might even have maintained the speed for longer had it not been for a red traffic light in the way.
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    When I first got an Edge 705 I had a few close calls while messing with it, but I've got it down now and can do what I want with minimal distraction.

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    I have had 3 motorcycle accidents in my recent history (lots of totaled motorcycles). All were caused by distracted viewing of GPS while in motion. I'm not proud of this but offer it up so you may know how addictive the moving map can be. I use GPS on my touring bike. I plan to turn off the unit and refer to it only while stopped, but it is tempting to leave it on all the time. I wear a helmet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    When I first got an Edge 705 I had a few close calls while messing with it, but I've got it down now and can do what I want with minimal distraction.
    We ride a tandem. Every now and then, I feel the urge to change a setting on the road. I usually get a "what are you doing?" comment from the rear as she notices my pedaling isn't as strong, my head is bobbing, and the steering is a bit skittish. Needless to say, I've been streamlining what I do on the road...

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    probably the worst crash I have ever seen was due to a new GPS user paying too much attention to it. I would like to have one, but hopefully the one in my car has gotten me out of the habit of staring at it. When I first got the one in my car, I was so fixated on the GPS that it scared me. Fortunately I was on a wide and empty road at the time.

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