They’ve become a standard feature in most cars nowadays, so why should truckers miss out on all of the many benefits of truck GPS satellite navigation? Enter the dēzl 580 LMT-S, from experts in the field Garmin.

There’ so much for truck drivers to concentrate on when just going about doing their business. From having to watch what all the road users around them are doing – hint: often dumb stuff – to just controlling a vehicle that’s bigger than anything else near it on the road. So, anything that makes life simpler on the job has got to be a good thing, right?

First and foremost, the Garmin dēzl 580 LMT-S does what other GPS units do, providing full maps of Australia (and New Zealand) to make getting anywhere a snap – and all without that thing that’s now thankfully long relegated to the glovebox, the paper map. It offers much more than what you get in your standard car GPS though, making it an ideal all-round trucker’s helper.

While compact in size, with a screen measuring five inches, Garmin’s dēzl 580 LMT-S has a clear and bright touchscreen display that focuses on delivering not only quick and easy in-cab viewing, but also intuitive operation, so as not to prove a distraction while you’re working.

Custom truck routing is just one of the features that will make life easier for any truck driver. It’s as simple as just entering your truck profile – which is customisable by height, weight, length, width and hazardous materials – in order to find those truck-preferred routes that are best suited for both your rig and your load.

You’ll even be kept apprised of alerts for upcoming bridge heights (tip – avoid the now legendary Montague Street Bridge in Melbourne!), weight limits, sharp curves, steep grades and more potential hazards. Plus, there are live traffic and weather forecasts available via Garmin’s free Smartphone Link app for iOS or Android.

If you find yourself on a job in unfamiliar territory, the dēzl 580 LMT-S is there to guide you, showing truck routes used by others in the profession to help keep you situated.

dēzl 580 LMT-S

If you’re completely in the zone, the dēzl will look after you, with the ability to issue timely notifications for pit stops, as well as giving a heads-up on suggestions for nearby restaurants, rest areas, fuel and lodging, even truck-friendly parking and weigh stations. You can even apply filters to find that absolutely perfect place to take a break, including indication of amenities such as showers, security level, Wi-Fi availability and more.

Once you’re approaching your destination, Garmin’s industry-best load-to-dock guidance indicates potential loading zones or storage lots, helping to quickly clarify just where exactly you need to go.

dēzl 580 LMT-S

Mirrors can only do so much in allowing you to see what’s surrounding your rig. The dēzl 580 LMT-S allows you to pair certain models of Garmin backup camera (sold separately) to see footage of what’s right behind you on your navigation display.

If all of the benefits above aren’t enough, your dēzl 580 LMT-S will also help look after the boring paperwork, keeping track of your service log requirements such as tyre mileage, tyre pressure, oil changes and more.

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