A road atlas
is a map
or set of maps that primarily display roads
and transport links rather than geographical information.
Road atlases come in many shapes, sizes and scales. Many motoring organisations, especially those in the European Union
, North America
and New Zealand
, (basically the majority of the most developed countries with the best road networks), produce road maps because of the number of people that will need to use them.
Differences in styles occur specifically on maps that are of individual countries that have a large scale so that the user can find the most use of it. An example is The Automobile Association
's Close-up Map of Britain, which as the title suggests the map is of a large scale and is very good for driving on and off road
due the scale being able to place tracks as well as conventional roads.
In the case of maps such as European maps or of the United States and other parts of North America for the European market, the maps will usually have smaller scales, as many will only be used as a rough guide and people will know prior to travelling where they are going, and these maps will assist them to be able to plan their route.
European maps will vary in scale and people wishing to buy a map of Europe will have to consider where they are travelling to, or if it is just for general interest, they will need to find a map to suit their needs.
Maps that are to be sold in the United States and Canada their scales will... Read More