Where Can I Get Free Driving Directions?

by Jillian O'Keeffe

Getting free driving directions is easier than ever in the age of the Internet and satellites. As well, mobile Internet makes traveling without even a computer possible. Paper maps with destinations and intersections buried in the worn crease are not as common, but there are travelers who do prefer them.

Online route planners

There are several detailed free route planners available online. Simply enter a start point and a destination, making sure to choose the right towns, if there are multiples of a certain name. Some route planners can factor in via points and give you the quickest or shortest way to each one. Each turn and intersection is usually marked along with road numbers, which will save you from getting lost. Directions are usually printable in both map and list formats.

Mobile Internet

Accessing the online route planners during your journey can be done when passing through Wi-Fi areas, which allow Internet access via wireless networks.

Websites, email or by phone

If driving to a business, the staff will usually give you free directions over the phone or by email. You can also go online to your destination's website, where you will likely find directions to it from different locations.

Paper maps

Tourist offices are also great sources of free maps, which direct you to the most popular tourist locations. You can also have the tourist office map out clear directions to your destination.

About the Author

Jillian O'Keeffe has been a freelance writer since 2009. Her work appears in regional Irish newspapers including "The Connacht Tribune" and the "Sentinel." O'Keeffe has a Master of Arts in journalism from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from University College Cork.

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