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The Best Bluetooth GPS Devices For Road Trips

Stay on course no matter where you’re driving.

When you're hundreds of miles from home, you can always use backup if your phone dies. That's where a dedicated GPS using Bluetooth can be a lifesaver. Here are five, from pocket-sized buddies to full dashboard systems, to consider for your next trip.

Garmin DriveSmart 65, Built-In Voice-Controlled GPS Navigator with 6.95
Eyes on the road at all times when you're visiting and driving in new places. | Garmin

A voice-activated model keeps your hands on the wheel, and depending on where you are, from being pulled over.

Rand McNally 7PRO OverDryve 7 Pro Truck Navigation with 7
Add extra options that basically turn the device into a small tablet. | Rand McNally

Many backup GPS tools serve other functions as well, so if you're looking to kit out your car, look for models with dashcams, music streaming, and other tools.

Tracki 2020 Model Mini Real time GPS Tracker. Full USA & Worldwide Coverage. for Vehicles, Car, Kids, Elderly, Dogs & Motorcycles. Magnetic Hidden Small Portable Tracking Device. Monthly fee Required
Your phone is certainly the most convenient device in your gear, but extra security is always great. | Tracki

If you're packing light, look for a pocket-sized model that pairs with your phone or other device.

CARRVAS GPS Navigation for Car,Truck GPS,7 Inch Voice Turn Direction Guidance,Support Speed and Red Light Warning Pre-Installed US, Mexico,Canada + South America Maps
Driving cross-country in any country requires assistance that is timely and accurate. | Carrvas

For very long trips, or trips where everybody wants a turn on the charger, a battery backup can limit arguments and be a lifesaver.

BOSS Audio Systems Car GPS Navigation and DVD Player - Double Din, Bluetooth Audio and Calling, 6.2 Inch LCD Touchscreen Monitor, MP3 CD DVD USB SD, Aux-in, AM FM Radio Receiver
Portable is great for rentals or temporary needs, but when it's your car, invest in a complete system. | BOSS Audio Systems

If your car supports it, a built-in dash system might be your best option, especially if you'd rather keep your phone in your pocket while driving.