Using Google Maps to Get Driving Directions
To start using Google Maps to get driving directions, go to the Google Maps website and click on Get Directions in the upper left corner of the screen. This will open up the driving directions feature on Google Map.
You will notice that there are two input boxes labeled A and B. In the box labeled A, input your start destination using the following format:
Address, City, State, Zip
This is the fastest way for Google Maps to know from where you want to start your driving directions. Next, use the box labeled B to input your destination. Use the same format above. Notice that you have the option to indicate whether you want to get directions for a car, for public transportation, or for walking. For our purposes here, leave the default option “by car." When finished click the Get Directions button.
Immediately, Google Maps calculates the driving directions you requested and displays some other very useful information. First, notice that every leg of the journey is spelled out step by step. You are told whenever you need to change roads and Google Maps even indicates the mileage in between each road change.
Second, you can click the picture of the camera next to each direction and instantly see a zoomed in part of the map highlighting that particular part of the journey. This feature also shows you a street view in case you are unfamiliar with the area in question.
One useful feature of getting driving directions from Google maps is the option to switch the starting point and destination. This way you can calculate both the outbound trip and the trip back to the original location. To swap the starting point and destination, click the double arrow next to the A and B boxes. This instantly swaps the A and B boxes and gives you the route to use for the return trip.
While using the driving directions feature, you still have the full range of options available to you in Google Maps. For example, you can zoom in and out with the wheel of your mouse, switch among Map, Satellite, and Terrain View, and print, send, and link the map so you can share it with others.