Of course, map updates usually aren't free, but nearly all of the major GPS device manufacturers are starting to offer devices with free lifetime map updates.
Additionally, most new GPS devices feature some sort of map guarantee that entitles users to one update to the newest map data within the first 30 days of ownership, free of charge.
Case in point: grabbing Garmin's maps required no fewer than three software downloads and about an hour of waiting for the 2GB of map data to download and install.
It can be a bitter pill to swallow, but it's a price we'd gladly pay to make sure that we actually get where we're trying to go.
This tool, available from Garmin as a free download, recognizes your GPS when it's connected to the computer.
Web Updater then searches the Garmin website for compatible updates. You can then choose the updates that you want to install.
In the weeks that follow, we'll be covering how to update devices from Tom Tom and Magellan, among others.
Updating the maps on your GPS device used to be a complete pain in the butt.
Garmin releases new maps on a yearly basis to accommodate the changing roads.
Garmin recommends that you update your maps at least once per year so your device has the newest routes, roads and POIs.
One you got this, you install Garmin software from their website and you get the updates whenever you want.