Whether you are driving in uncharted territory or you know the roads like the back of your hand, it’s never a bad idea to make use of a GPS for extra guidance. Long hauls can be tiresome, to say the least, so you might need the occasional guidance or reminder to make sure you’re on the correct path.
When choosing a GPS navigational system for trucks, you should keep in mind that not every product will be compatible by default. Most regular GPS devices don’t indicate low passes or weight limits for roads. This can be most frustrating and even dangerous in certain situations.
We’ve compiled a detailed review of three of the best truck GPS navigation units that are designed to provide as much information as possible. We invite you to take a look at the features so you can have a better understanding of how GPS devices designed for commercial can help you on the road. We will also choose what we think is the best product of them all.
This 570LMT GPS navigator from Garmin Dezl is a refurbished product. Rest assured that all the electronics are in excellent condition. It comes with a 5-inch screen that can display all the information you need in a convenient and easy-to-follow pattern.
You can program your truck’s weight on this device to be more selective with the routes it shows. You can also check out the Truck and Trailer Services Directory. This feature allows you to sift through multiple truck stops, gas stations, restaurants, and other locations that are relevant on long hauls.
Most of the data has been added by the manufacturer, but you also get a list of the highest rated interest points added by other drivers. In fact, you can contribute to the community yourself by rating certain roads or stops. Finding a place to park and sleep overnight is not always easy, so this feature can come in handy when you’re driving through unknown places.
The truck routing feature also lets you input the size of your truck and not just its weight. This will in return give you better search results and a more optimized route. What’s more, it can help prevent you from turning back or paying fines for not being in the correct lane.
Given its price and the warranty provided for a refurbished product, we were pleased with the results. Garmin has a good reputation in this niche market and they delivered once again with the 570LMT model.
Ever since the commercials with famous TV and movie characters lending their voices to TomTom first appeared, this brand has skyrocketed. Not only are they worth more, but they also got the much needed incentive to put up more competitive products. They’ve expanded to the truck GPS market with the well-rounded TomTom Trucker 600 GPS navigation unit.
You can set your weight and size, which should be a standard feature for any truck navigation device, but there are some extra functions, too. You can tinker with the speed, cargo, and a few other optional fields that can filter out even more potential roads for you. However, even if the newly implemented criteria are interesting to have, you shouldn’t expect them to have such a big impact on the actual results.
The My Drive option will let you plan out your trip at any time. You can even make adjustments while on the road, although we encourage you to do so while parked. There are also some traffic prediction algorithms that can be quite accurate at times. Just remember that they cannot account for the unexpected.
Another useful feature is the lifetime map update. They usually update everything about four times every year. This means that even if the product stops being manufactured, the software support and updates will still be available at no extra cost.
Another Garmin Dezl GPS refurbished navigator, this model comes with a 7-inch screen and a few new features. With the slightly larger screen you can choose to display even more statistics than before. Of course, you also have the option to keep it simple and just increase the size of the standard layout.
The Truck and Trailer Services Directory is again present, as it is with all Garmin products. You have different ways of displaying this on the screen, either by point of interest on the map or by browsing the list while you’re taking a break.
The same goes for the Foursquare option, which lists data inputted by other drivers. You can sort this information out by number of reviews, ratings, and proximity. Rarely will someone else, other than a fellow truck driver, have a better understanding of what a locale should have in terms of food, amenities, and parking space.
The 770LMTHD comes with more targeted search and filtering options that bring it up to par with the TomTom Trucker. The overall design and the manufacturer’s experience in the field make the 770LMTHD almost impossible to beat.
This product can also be purchased new for an extra $100. It all depends on the budget you have available. They both work the same, but some people may like their gadgets more when they’re new.
Garmin Dezl is the best line of products on the market at the moment. When it comes to truck GPS navigational units, nothing comes close. Of course, with the exception of the TomTom Trucker, who have made some surprising improvements over their regular car models.
The 570LMT and 770LMTHD are both refurbished products. They have similar features and yet one just performs better across all categories. There are quite a few good reasons why the 7-inch 770LMTHD is more expensive than the 5-inch model.
Setting aside the extra screen size, the 770LMTHD model gives you access to more search filters, as well as a faster response time. The lifetime updates on maps are a great investment, and the many locations tagged are always rated by truck driver standards.