The best road atlas
Total reliance on sat-nav can get you into trouble. We pick three of the best printed road atlases from the 12 tested
I’ve already got a sat-nav – do I really need a road atlas, too? The main reason for having a road atlas is that you will always know where you’re going – even if your sat-nav has no satellite reception or battery charge. Atlases make it easier to share your route with others and can help you explore areas you don’t know. If you’re on holiday, you might not want to take the fastest road, or you may want to see what landmarks are close by.
What’s the difference between the many road atlases on sale? Which one is best for me? First, there’s size - pocket, A5, A4 or A3. Then the size of the scale – the lower the figure, the more detail. Your next choice is between hardback and paperback. Although paperbacks are cheaper, hardbacks are more durable. Finally, the spine: spiralbound, perfect bound or stapled. We prefer spiralbound as it can be folded back on itself.
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