As I noted last Dec. 18, trip-planning software does a great job of routing you from one city to another, but usually can't point you to a specific block. RoadTrips Door-to-Door from TravRoute Software (888 872-8768) solves the problem, using its detailed database of local streets and traffic rules to guide you through those crucial last miles. On the whole, I found the $80 program's instructions almost uncannily accurate, though it occasionally got tripped up by errors in its database. For example, near my house, it wanted me to use a freeway entrance that exists only as a gleam in the highway department's eye. A possible drawback: The program needs a hefty 50 megabytes of disk space.
BY STEPHEN H. WILDSTROM
Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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