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The Best Bluetooth GPS Devices for Road Trips

DATE POSTED:November 23, 2020
Driving in a new city or country? Keep your hands on the wheel by bringing a portable GPS device.
Driving in a new city or country? Keep your hands on the wheel by bringing a portable GPS device. (Shutterstock/)

When you’re hundreds of miles from home, you can always use backup if your phone dies. That’s where a dedicated GPS using Bluetooth can be a lifesaver. Here are five, from pocket-sized buddies to full dashboard systems, to consider for your next trip.

Eyes on the road at all times when you’re visiting and driving in new places.
Eyes on the road at all times when you’re visiting and driving in new places. (Garmin/)

A voice-activated model keeps your hands on the wheel, and depending on where you are, from being pulled over.

Add extra options that basically turn the device into a small tablet.
Add extra options that basically turn the device into a small tablet. (Rand McNally/)

Many backup GPS tools serve other functions as well, so if you’re looking to kit out your car, look for models with dashcams, music streaming, and other tools.

Your phone is certainly the most convenient device in your gear, but extra security is always great.
Your phone is certainly the most convenient device in your gear, but extra security is always great. (Tracki/)

If you’re packing light, look for a pocket-sized model that pairs with your phone or other device.

Driving cross-country in any country requires assistance that is timely and accurate.
Driving cross-country in any country requires assistance that is timely and accurate. (Carrvas/)

For very long trips, or trips where everybody wants a turn on the charger, a battery backup can limit arguments and be a lifesaver.

Portable is great for rentals or temporary needs, but when it’s your car, invest in a complete system.
Portable is great for rentals or temporary needs, but when it’s your car, invest in a complete system. (BOSS Audio Systems/)

If your car supports it, a built-in dash system might be your best option, especially if you’d rather keep your phone in your pocket while driving.