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Philip's Navigator Trucker's Britain 2011: Spiral (Road Atlases) Spiral-bound – 4 Apr 2011
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Available in an easy-to-use spiral binding. Includes essential information for trucks and caravans: 4174 bridge height limits, 1205 bridge weight limits and 226 bridge width limits. Over 3000 roads named. Fixed speed-camera locations, with speed limits. 100 indexed town-centre maps plus approaches maps to 12 major urban areas. Super-detailed 6-page route-planning section. Up-to-date mapping at 1.5 miles to 1 inch. Exceptional road detail, from motorways to country lanes, with every junction, roundabout and slip-road shown. Unrivalled detail in rural areas takes you door-to-door.
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is very good product YOU CANNOT JUMP ON THE LORRY WITHOUT atlas with all the bridges ..
Should have taken more notice of older reviews, never mind reading the small symbols in your cab at night, try reading them while driving along a country road. My advice is to pop into one of the Moto "truckstops" listed and compare it to the AA atlas, I wish I had as I've gone back to my dog eared old one. In my humble opinion this is a waste of good paper.
Note to philips, when re printing this book replace the picture of a Volvo FH with one of a camper van.
OK, bit of egg on face here, a few weeks down the road, and finding several weight limits not shown on the map I've realised it only gives weight restrictions if there's a weak bridge. Really useful that!
Problem number one: This is a BIG BOOK! And weighty too. Why do Philips think that because I drive a big truck, I need such an enormous book? A4 size would be ideal but this is probably A5 and it has so many pages it is a real heavyweight too. It wouldn't be so bad if I used the same truck every day and was able to leave book in the cab, but I get a different vehicle every day and would have to lug this thing about after every shift. I guess it is so big because of the huge amount of detail of the maps. But do I really need to be able to count the munber of lock gates on the grand union canal?
On to the next problem: the pages are really, really thin and I could easily see them tearing out within a few weeks of being pulled out of my rucksack every day. And there is no reinforcement along the punched edge.
Next up, is the size of the height and weight warning symbols on the map - they are minute and really difficult to spot even with my good eyesight. Take a look at the AA Truckers atlas for comparison - nice big symbols, that jump out from the page at you.
The biggest problem though, and the main reason why I sent this back for a refund, can be seen (or should I say not seen) on the City Approach maps and Town Centre plans sections. Where are the bridge height and weight limit symbols? Unbelievably, Philips haven't printed any on these most vital pages, leaving you to navigate around Britains biggest cities using the standard map pages if you want to avoid hitting a bridge. The approach maps are rendered totally useless because of this oversight.
I sent an email to Philips customer services querying this omission and have yet to recieve a reply three weeks later.
So to sum up, its too big, too heavy, and in the vital pages has no useable detail at all. Its only redeeming feature is the price. Avoid.
Look closely - it comes in at 1.5 miles/inch - that's 1:100,000 according to the front cover. The pages are 35cm tall by 28 cm wide and just seem a lot clearer, probably because a similar amount of information is spread over a greater area. Having said that, these maps don't stint on the detail. Strangely, I'm interested in where canals are in relation to roads and towns (being a narrow-boat owner) and these are all shown clearly and named.
If you happen to be driving something 20ft tall or weighing 20 tons, then it warns you about all the low or weight-limited bridges. It's got less detailed maps so that you can plan long distance journeys. It has a massive amount of detail about the roads themselves [motorways, A, B, minor, cart-tracks], spot to spot distances, speed cameras, and junctions/roundabouts. There is more than the average amount of tourist information and, as a bonus, who runs them and what you can get at all the major service areas and a lot of the bigger truck stops. There are very detailed / full page town plans for 12 of the bigger cities and smaller (nine to a page) plans for over 100 of the smaller cities and towns.
It's a bit heavier than the average atlas, coming in at 400+ pages but the sheer amount of detail available will mean that your navigator will be able to guide you to or around just about anywhere you care to go.
You may gather I'm quite impressed. I've lived with this new book for a couple of months now and am really pleased with it. It may be that little bit more expensive than your average atlas but you will save that in fuel the first time it guides you around a jam. Go on! You know it makes sense.
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