Friday, March 23, 2012

Habits Day: Driving Directions

  • I use Google Maps for driving directions. When I look them up, I'm more interested in adding the location to my internal, spatial map of the area. I was great at those rotating 3D shape SAT questions.

  • I do not think of directions in the same way that Google Maps prints them out. I have to rewrite them to start with the distance and end with the turn: "Turn left on Main Street and drive 1.2 miles. Turn right on Elm Street and drive 0.5 miles." really should be "Drive 1.2 miles, then turn on Elm Street."

  • When driving out of town, I'll preface the directions with a full route map, and end with a zoomed in map of the surrounding ten blocks in case I miss a turn at the end.

  • I tend to start directions from the closest spot I already know to the destination, rather than my home. No sense in printing the directions out of my neighbourhood every time.

  • If I miss a turn, I'm more likely to try the next turn than make a U-turn.

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