One way to answer the "Are we there yet?" question is to know exactly how far you have to go, and how much longer you'll be on the road. Streets & Trips automatically calculates your estimated drive time when you plan your trip. And if you're using it with a GPS device while you're on the road, the drive time is automatically updated as you travel.
Another way to make travel time more enjoyable is to plan breaks as you go. Stopping for a meal or to enjoy the local sites can make a long trip more pleasant, for both the driver and the passengers! Read on to learn how Streets & Trips can make road trips less stressful and more fun.
Before you leave - Calculate driving time and distance
One way to make travel more relaxing is to plan ahead – not just your route, but the types of roads you prefer to travel, how fast you'll be driving, how far you want to go between stops.
To calculate your driving time and distance:
Your route Summary will automatically display your driving distance, driving time, and estimated fuel cost.
Plan stops and breaks along the way using Find Nearby Places
Did you know that Streets & Trips contains more than 1.6 million points of interest, including hotels, historical sites, national parks, restaurants, and ATMs? You can use points-of-interest information to quickly find destination attractions and new local sights, or plan short stops along your route.
To find places near your route or a point on the Map:
Connected to the Internet? Try Live Search to find more places.
If you can connect to the Internet, you can find even more places to import into your travel plan. All you have to do is use the Live Search functionality built into Streets & Trips 2009.
To use Live Search
Note: You can search for any category in any location in the U.S. or Canada — for example, pizza restaurants in Memphis — regardless of the visible map area. You can also use the What and Where boxes separately.
Want to back-track? GPS Locator can help!
If you're using your own GPS device, or Streets & Trips with GPS Locator, retracing your route is easy and automatic. Here's how to have Streets & Trips create a GPS trail of your trip:
Note: With this check box selected, the map display will update as you move to show a visual record of your route. If you save the map, the trail will be saved as well.
To view the latitude and longitude coordinates of your current location, open the GPS pane. Your latitude and longitude appear to the left of the compass.
Note: You can also see your latitude and longitude in the GPS Sensor dialog box, even when the GPS pane is closed. To have the GPS Sensor dialog box open automatically if the GPS pane is closed: