Renting a GPS when I toured small groups through Italy was a must. It allowed me to direct my attention to my guests while hubs did the driving. During my last tour, our GPS worked swimmingly except we couldn't get the language switched to English. Her soft sultry voice directed us in beautiful Italian to turn a sinistra (left), a destra (right), uscita (exit) throughout the tour.
I liked the Italian version. We seemed smart pretending to know everything Ms. GPS blurted out through the speaker box. And, our guests never knew when we made wrong turns! (Yes, that will still happen with a GPS and hubs behind the wheel!)
For a week, Ms. GPS commanded, "Oo-shee-tah a deh-strah, oo-shee-tah a seen-ee-strah, oo-shee-tah, oo-shee-tah, oo-shee-tah!"
Near the end of the tour, a guest in the back seat asked, "Why does she curse and yell oh sh**, oh sh** all the time?"
All week, our guests were thinking Ms. GPS had a potty mouth!!
Things to know about renting a GPS in Europe:
- Have the rental car agent set your GPS to English before you leave. Rarely do instruction manuals come with a rented GPS, and those that do are rarely in English.
- Have the rental car agent demonstrate how the GPS works. Some rental systems are a little archaic and not as user-friendly as the newer systems.
- Do not rely solely on your GPS for directions. Take maps and written directions with you. This is especially true when heading to small rural towns. Your GPS most likely will not recognize small streets in small towns. It will direct you to the town, but once there, you will be left to manual methods to find your destination.
- Move the GPS out of sight once you've arrived. The same is true for any personal belongings and valuables in the car. Thieves are always on the watch for cars filled with goodies.