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By Angela West |

Whether it’s staying on course for your next road trip or saving time by avoiding traffic and taking alternate routes, advanced GPS navigation systems have a wide variety of uses that can keep you connected and change the way you drive. The Garmin DriveSmart 51 LMT-S is an advanced GPS navigator that aims to help you drive smarter by connecting you with detailed and updated maps, real-time traffic and live-parking, Bluetooth calling and smart navigation, and built in Wi-Fi. Voice-acted navigation lets you get where you’re going without taking your hands off the wheel.

It’s worth asking why you would consider an in-vehicle navigation system instead of using Google Maps or similar apps on your smartphone. A navigation system is purpose-built for being used in a vehicle in a safe manner, and hands-free driving laws across Canada are in place that can result in severe penalties if you are caught even touching your smartphone. In some cases even having it within reach and visible can subject you to a fine.

But even if you have your smartphone safely stashed and are receiving audio instructions over Bluetooth from a navigation app, these apps are known for using a huge amount of data. If you are constantly on the road, or even on a long trip, this can become preventatively expensive given the cost of data plans in Canada.

Garmin has made a name for itself in automotive tech, and the DriveSmart 51 LMT-S is yet another major innovation in the navigation space. The Garmin DriveSmart 51 LMT-S features a 5-inch capacitive touch display that makes on-screen navigation easy. It also pairs with Garmin smartwatches to display navigation and driver alerts on your wrist. New TripAdvisor technology is perfect for finding points of interest while travelling, pointing you in the direction of recommended local attractions, hotels, restaurants, and more.

Learn more about the Garmin DriveSmart 51 LMT-S at