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Use a GPS Device—or Two

A GPS device is a useful road trip tool (and not just because getting lost is a waste of gas), but not all of them are created equal. Look for one that can calculate the shortest route between two points, and be sure the device can tell you if the route includes an unpleasant dirt road. While the rugged, waterproof Magellan eXplorist 710 GPS, one of T+L's Best Travel Gadgets in 2011, keeps hikers and bikers on track with topographical U.S. maps, it's also ideal for drivers with road and city maps that span the globe. And did you ever consider using two GPS devices? They can give you vastly different routes, especially if you're not the type to stick to the highway.

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