National Read A Road Map Day

Once upon a time, people navigated roads using only their paper road map and maybe a compass. Then GPS systems were invented and many people tossed their road maps away to never use them again. And for most of us, this is completely fine. GPS systems do a great job of taking us from Point A to Point B.

But what happens if your GPS system fails and is unable to connect. Would you be able to navigate using only a paper map? Maybe it’s time to find out by getting yourself a paper map, unfurling it, and trying to navigate with it on National Read A Road Map Day. This holiday is celebrated on April 5th and is a great way for people to learn how to navigate without their electronic devices.

Why Reading Maps Isn’t A Skill That Should Be Lost

Your GPS system is likely a great way for you to navigate, but it is susceptible to several threats. GPS satellites can be damaged by low-Earth orbit junk or even a strong burst of solar radiation. This can take the system offline for any length of time.

Other threats to the GPS system include man-made interference or even the malicious faking of GPS signals. All good reasons for everyone to learn how to use a paper road map. You might never need to use it, but if you do, you’ll be glad that you’re familiar with them.

Observing National Read A Road Map Day

Break out your personal road maps or stop by your local gas station to pick one up. When you have your map, take the time to look at it and see if you can navigate with it. That’s all that is required to celebrate National Read A Road Map Day. Also, be sure to use the hashtag #NationalReadARoadMapDay on your social media posts to spread the word about this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
April 5 Friday
Next year (2025)
April 5 Saturday
Last year (2023)
April 5 Wednesday
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