Why update your GPS maps
GPS includes a series of basic maps at the factory, with information about the routes and streets, but usually does not include details about points of interest (POI) for the driver: service stations, restaurants, hotels, shops, etc.
Another reason to update the maps of your GPS is to be aware of the possible changes that have been made in the route, whether they are new detours or change of direction of the streets. Having the updated information you will find the best alternative, you will save kilometers and travel time and avoid accidents.
When purchasing a GPS it is a good idea to document the availability of maps about the area, country or continent where you will use it, or where you have planned to travel.
Download free maps for GPS
The offer of maps made and distributed according to the philosophy of “open source” is increasing. However, you should know that installing any of these unofficial maps could pose a risk to your GPS. In case of any problem with the registry after having installed the new map on the computer, it is always possible to uninstall it with the “Add / Remove Programs” utility, from the Windows Control Panel. Just in case, it is good to establish a recovery point before undertaking the installation of each new map.
Here are some links where you can download free images from around the world:
GPS Map Search : Maps from all over the world for Garmin GPS.
Maps of the World for GPS : Links of maps of different countries, spatially for Garmin.
Map Center : This is the classic reference server, from which you can then expand the search for free maps around the world. It offers links for the direct download of almost any map. It is the simplest and safest procedure at the same time. Maps from all over the world for your Garmin device .
How to download the maps to your GPS
Option 1: Download the maps directly on the SD memory card of your GPS or your cell phone. This will be the simplest way, since you can use them immediately.
Option 2: Download the maps from your computer (recommended), and then transfer them to your GPS device, using a USB cable. In this case it is likely that you have to download the necessary drivers to be detected by your GPS device. In general, these drivers can be downloaded from the official website of your GPS.
Some GPS have drivers that do not allow to add new maps to those already installed. But to do so, you must delete the ones you already had and reinstall them along with the new ones. In this case, it is advisable to previously make a backup of existing maps in a folder inside your computer. There are also other programs available on the Internet to upload maps to your device, such as Send Map or Map Upload. Mind you, neither of these two programs allows you to see the maps on your computer.
Once you have downloaded and installed the maps of those places that you have planned to know, you are ready to start your trip. You will feel oriented and safe wherever you are. You only have to enjoy the landscape!