Free Magellan GPS Maps
“We’d better find a bathroom soon."
I didn’t have to ask why. We were less than halfway through a nearly ten hour drive. Actually, I needed to go soon myself too or I'd be in danger of "floating away".
“What’s around here? Looks like we’re really out in the boondocks."
We were already using our Magellan GPS in-car navigation device to track our route to the small New Jersey coastal town of Brielle. Now though in route, we needed more local information.
“Yeah, but let’s check the GPS to see if anything’s nearby."
A couple of quick push-button commands on the dashboard-mounted Magellan unit quickly turned up a K-Mart off of an upcoming exit. Problem solved. We no longer had to worry about “floating away". A download of some free Magellan GPS maps had added the extra information we had just accessed only a couple of days earlier.
Generally, maps which are supplied by Magellan and some other GPS manufacturers tend to be very basic in their coverage and often may not include smaller, less prominent geographic and other features such as:
- Little-used private or industrial roads
- Hiking and other types of trails and pathways
- Small rural or man-made lakes or ponds
- Details in rural, rustic or wilderness areas
This is why some free Magellan GPS maps can come in handy. Magellan manufacturer-supplied maps do however typically offer very good coverage of major metropolitan areas and important features in well-developed sectors though. If you’d like to expand the available GPS information for a particular area, you can download free Magellan GPS maps or Magellan-compatible software from a number of sites online. This Santa Clara, California-based company features a product line of hand-held outdoor GPS devices and GPS products for in-car navigation systems.