Since the first Global Positioning System hit the markets in 1999, thousands of GPS products have become available to the public. With the technology’s rising popularity has come a vast array of manufacturers and models. In 2017, consumers are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to the gadgets we’ve come to rely on.
If one manufacturer has truly made its name, it would certainly be Garmin. With a host of wearable devices, mobiles, and even cameras, the company has stood the test of time. The Garmin dezl 570LMT 5” Truck GPS Navigation is a model that stands head and shoulder above the competition. With the Spoken Garmin Real Directions feature, it’s almost like having a friend in the cabin with you.
Quality Navigation, Routing, and Customization
The Garmin dezl 570LMT 5” Truck GPS Navigation lives up to its name, being designed with truckers in mind. Truck-related restrictions such as bridge heights, weight limits, sharp curves, and more, are included in every map. The dezl 570LMT will find truck-friendly routes across its detailed North America maps simply by adding your vehicle’s profile in terms of:
- hazardous materials
Updated maps can be downloaded at any time, free of charge, for the lifetime of your model.
Garmin also understands that you may not be pulling the same load with each trip, and have included a Simple Truck Profile feature. This allows you to switch between trailer sizes with the simple touch of a button. Active Lane Guidance uses audible and visual prompts to help you stick to the right lane for your route, and photoReal Junction gives you a true visual representation of your exit ramp so that there’s no confusion.
An on-board Trip Planner gives you the freedom of selecting multiple stops en-route, both on the road and when planning ahead. And if you have a preferred road or particular cities you want to include in your trip, you can easily change the prescribed route on the go with Easy Route Shaping. Simply interact with the 5-inch touchscreen display, and let Garmin take you where you want to go along the route you want to take.
Road Conditions & Traffic
With all the trucking gears, the dezl 570LMT will also keep you up to date with all relevant upcoming road conditions, including warnings for high wind areas and steep grades. If trucking speed limits differ from the posted speed limit for smaller vehicles, Garmin will notify you and display the relevant information to help you avoid those unwanted tickets. Stick to schedule with estimates of arrival time, notifications of state and country borders, and automatic update of time zone changes.
Free traffic avoidance with Garmin Traffic helps you make sure you’re always on the fastest route available. You’ll even keep posted on sunrise and sunset times to help you plan your day better.
Locating Points of Interest
If you’re traveling an unfamiliar route, you may not be sure how to set up your stops according to POI. Garmin helps you locate these points of interest, such as truck stops, weigh stations, and lodging. You also have the freedom of filtering truck stops according to your preferences, such as brand names and amenities like showers and truck washing services.
The Truck and Trailer Services directory also includes more than 30,000 US and Canadian truck repair and service providers. If anything goes wrong on the road, Garmin lets you use this feature to help you get issues resolved ASAP. This feature also lists options for after-hours road service providers, so that you don’t have to wait until dawn if things go bump in the night. Keep track of every service performed with the included Service History Log, which also keeps track of your oil changes, tire changes, tire pressure and mileage, and much more.
You can also interact with your dezl 570LMT using voice commands if you prefer not to take your hands from the wheel to make use of the touchscreen.
Modes and Connectivity
Despite being designed with truckers in mind, the dezl 570LMT also allows you to switch to car mode. Smartphone Link is a free app that allows you to connect your Garmin to your Android of iOS smartphone. This gives you the freedom to connect to your mobile data, so that you can also receive live weather updates.
You can also use the feature to connect with Garmin Live Services for accessing premium content, such as traffic camera images. Additionally, the dezl 570LMT is also Bluetooth compatible, allowing you to connect with your smartphone to make and take calls safely.
What Truckers are Saying
Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, Amazon customers who bought the Garmin dezl were generally happy with the performance. Most have been satisfied with the easy set up, and routing feature, specifically the traffic avoidance. Although some have complained about the fastest routing option, where truckers have said that another route would’ve been a bit faster.
Geoff is a freelance writer with 20+ years of experience in driving trucks and buses, dispatching, supervising, and training commercial driving teams. His expertise is writing topics on the transportation and trucking industry, and information technology trends.