Use Online Maps to Plan the Route for Your Move
Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, you have to know how to get to your new apartment. There are a host of online maps to give you directions for your move.
Here are some popular online map programs, along with a rundown of features you can expect to help you plan your moving route.
What to look for in an online map
An online map program is a handy online tool to have for your move. Look for these common features when selecting an online map program:
- A simple, clean design: You don’t want to waste your time figuring out the online map program. The best are simple to navigate and easy to use.
- Address search: This is where your trip begins. Plug in your destination address for easy-to-follow directions.
- Turn-by-turn directions: This is the cornerstone of any good online map site. Look for a detailed, step-by-step route to follow to arrive at your destination (your new apartment).
- Traffic information: You’ll want to know if there are traffic obstacles along the way of your moving route. This handy feature will give you the information you need to circumvent traffic jams. (This works best on a smartphone app for up-to-the-minute updates.)
Take advantage of extra features
Some online map programs sport extra features to enhance your route mapping experience.
Google Maps and Bing Maps offer street views, allowing you to see what the streets look like along your route. This can be helpful for choosing landmarks to add to your turn-by-turn directions. Instead of only knowing that you have to turn at Main Street, you now know that there is a Texaco on the corner there, as well.
Bing Maps has an app that checks for gas prices near a location. This way you can find the cheapest gas along the way to refill your moving truck.
Mapquest features a listing of local services near a location. This allows you to research your new neighborhood and find the dry cleaner or pharmacy, for instance, nearest your new apartment.
Download smartphone map apps
Major online map programs offer smartphone apps ready for download before you hit the road. These mapping apps are portable versions with many of the same features, including location search, turn-by-turn directions and traffic information.
One bonus of smartphone apps is that, with them, you can easily share your location and any course changes on the fly. This comes in handy when caravanning with several vehicles en route to your new apartment.
Keep in mind that no mapping program is infallible, as road names and routes do change over time. If your trusted map leads you a little off course, remember that getting there is half the fun!
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