The problem is, your anecdotal evidence and personal preference isn't in step with the rest of society. Turn-By-Turn GPS is what society wildly prefers. I've used it to get me safely all the way from North East Ohio to...
New Jersey, Canada, Florida and Montana. (And lots of destinations inbetween. Maryland, DC, points all over Pennsylvania and New York, and others).
Pretty much to all the furthest corners of America. Plot that out on a map. And I'm not exaggerating. I've driven all of those miles in the last 5 years, frequently with a 30 foot travel trailer dragging behind my vehicle. Coast to Coast and top to bottom, using only GPS units. I've never even ended up on a roadway that I had to back up on because of a low overpass or weak bridge. I've never ended up on a snowed in logging road as a blizzard snowed me in.
Your argument is invalid.
I'd argue that your sample is not large enough to draw a conclusion, on the last paragraph - and that numbers indicate that this is not typical.
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