Read A Road Map Day

Today, when you drive to unfamiliar territory, you rely on a GPS to help you get to the destination you want. How were you able to find your unknown destination before technology was so advanced? You would have to rely on a roadmap, and you will want to go back in time with that on Read A Road Map Day.

April 5th is the day when you want to go back in time before the GPS was a thought, and remember those days when people looked at road maps to find where they were driving. That is because that is Read A Road Map Day. Do you still have an old road map? Did you have an old road map that is relevant to the location of where you live? This is the day may be to turn off your GPS and any other navigation device so you can use your roadmap for old time’s sake if you are driving somewhere unfamiliar.

Think about this as well. Kids who are getting their driver’s licenses now or have over the last decade will not have any familiarity with road maps. They are only familiar with GPS and navigation devices, and if their parents tell them that they relied on a paper map or a booklet with road maps in the general area, that will confuse them. The kids would look at their parents as if they have two heads. Why not show your kids, if that is your situation, any of the old road maps that you relied on back in the day. They would most definitely be blown away by that.

History Of Read A Road Map Day

There is no known origin for how the day became Read A Road Map Day. However, the earliest road map in the world, believed by historians, was the Turin Papyrus which may have been created around 1160 B.C. The earliest known recorded road map was the Britania Atlas. In 1675, cartographer John Ogilby drew the first road map, which was recorded in that atlas. Since then, road maps evolved substantially as decades ago; you can remember more of a modernized paper road map that people took on road trips and road map books. Now, road maps are hardly used, and because of the evolving technology, GPS and electric navigation are used.

How To Celebrate Read A Road Map Day

Why not turn off your GPS, and take an old road map along, and go for a drive somewhere unfamiliar just to use it. Where do you plan to go? Why not talk about it, and take a picture of your old road map on social media. Use #ReadARoadMapDay in your post.

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