I guess that it's time I purchased a newer GPS system (and some newer old-fashioned paper roadmaps). The old Garmin is on the right and an even older TomTom is on the left. The last time I checked, neither was readily updatable from around the time when I migrated to Apple from MS-Windows. Even though there is a new battery and alternator in my vintage 2005 car, that old Garmin draws a lot more juice than I am comfortable with. The outdated maps in both boxes had me driving in short-circles in select parts of Western Kentucky and Tennessee; that was nerve wracking, especially at night. On one misadventure the GPS was telling me to drive full-speed-straight-ahead for another 6-miles when a stop-sign suddenly popped up and triggered my caffeine-keen reflexes to keep us from sailing into a cornfield at 70-miles-per-hour.
Unless I travel straight west across the top of Illinois (or the bottom of Wisconsin) for around 30 to 50-miles before I start heading south on any trip I am forced to drive through Chicago one way or another. To avoid the heaviest potential "shooting zones" of Chicago / Cook County, the Tri-State-Tollway is usually my best bet ... but construction zones, accidents, stalled / disabled vehicles, and good old fashioned heavy vehicle traffic in and out of O'Hare Airport can add about two-hours to the trip. I'm darned if I do and damned if I don't ... but all is well that ends well. I took the tollway route both there and back. We left home around 1:30pm Friday and got to our destination at midnight. We started back at 1:30pm on Saturday and arrived home at 10:30pm; about 90-minutes quicker than the trip down. For a Chicago Saturday night, the tollway traffic was surprisingly civilized.