MADISON (WKOW)--The newest Global Positioning Systems on the market do more than just provide directions.
In The Good Housekeeping Research Institute tests, two systems stood out: the Insignia NS-CNV20 connects to the internet so you can look up locations on Google and the Garmin Nuvi 265T offers a function that lets you choose the most economical route.
But neither device provided perfect directions.
"We had inputted number 15 and both of them had us arriving at number 7," says Rachel Rothman, test engineer at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.
The Magellan Road Mate 1200 is a steal at just $120. It doesn't have as many features as other devices, but consumers liked the easy to follow menus.
"And it walks you through everything, step by step," notes tester Todd Kent.
Good Housekeeping recommends mounting your GPS close to the dashboard so it doesn't interfere with anything outside your windshield.
And get in the habit of listening to your GPS. It's a lot less dangerous than glancing at the written directions while you're driving.
The Insignia and Garmin devices also give you weather and traffic updates while you drive.
Garmin's MSN direct package features up-to-date gas prices, news and movie times for $120 for equipment and the first year and $50 a year after that.