What Road Maps Have That Sat Navs Don't

In this modern age of technology, Sat Navs have made road maps seem old-fashioned and you might even say redundant. But, we know the true value of the humble road map and we're here to give them the attention they deserve. Sat Navs can let you down but travel maps will never give up on you!

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Here is a list of the things that road maps have that Sat Navs don't and why road maps are, ultimately, much better at helping you find your way:

1. Road maps are cheaper than Sat Navs.

Like most technology, Sat Navs can be very pricey so why bother spending all that money when you can just grab a road map for a fraction of the price?

2. A road map won't ever run out of battery.

Imagine driving halfway to your destination and getting completely lost because you forgot to charge your Sat Nav - with a road map, you don't have to risk it.

3. Carrying on from the last point, a road map doesn't malfunction.

A Sat Nav can breakdown or malfunction at any time, a trait your trusty old road map doesn't have. The worst thing that could happen to a road map is it getting wet... but in that circumstance, the Sat Nav wouldn't fare too well either!

4. A road map won't startle you while driving with a sudden voice commanding you to 'turn left in 200 yards'.

A road map is a handy tool to get you where you need to be without shouting at you to 'make a U turn' the second you take a slightly different route to the one it's advising.

5. Learn basic skills for when you're lost in the wilderness.

Knowing how to use a map is a key life skill and using a road map to figure out your route is great practice for if you're ever lost on foot or taking a hike through the countryside.

With all these reasons to get a road map, you'll probably want some recommendations. Here are some of our best road maps for getting you from A to B:

AA Road Atlas of Britain 2018

Phillip's Compact Road Atlas

Collins Essential Road Atlas Europe

For more maps for the road and your travels, check out our full range of map books.

  • AARD
    • £4.99
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    Despite the popularity of satnavs and Google Maps, there is still nothing better than a physical map to help you get where you need to go while navigating Britain's roads and motorways.

    This spiral-bound atlas, brought to you by the experts at the AA, features clear mapping and 112 city, town and port plans. Each page has been titled with its geographical location so that you can find the page you need with ease and there is also a comprehensive 31,500 entry index with airports, tourist sites and motorways services listed.

    Static speed camera locations are also indicated, along with their speed limits, while National Trust, English and World Heritage and tourist attractions are also all featured. The AA even highlight their top 300 AA-inspected caravan and camping sites!
  • Philip's Compact Road Atlas - Paperback - 9781849074650
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    This Philip's Road Atlas is the perfect size for keeping in your car and has large-scale, clear mapping (3 1/2 miles to 1 inch) to help you find your way to wherever you want to go.

    Covering the nation in detail, it's easy to read and will become an essential when you're planning your next trip away or heading off to somewhere you've never visited before...
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    Are you thinking of taking a trip to Europe? We've all heard horror stories about using a sat nav, so the experts at Collins have put together this fully revised guide to Europe - Collins Big Road Atlas Europe 2015.

    Presented in a detailed, spiral-bound A4 format, this European road atlas is sure to come in useful for any kind trip to the Continent (be it business or pleasure) and highlights 16 thorough routes through Europe's major cities, including: Amsterdam, Munich, London, Paris and more...

    Featuring a 1cm to 10km scale, Collins' Big Road Atlas Europe 2015 contains clear and detailed road mapping across the country, as well as detailed and indexed town and city centre plans making it essential for any trip whether you're travelling by car or bike.