Finally, the days of unreadable map books with missing pages, pieces of paper with half completed directions written down, and fights with your partner when he or she gets lost and refuses to ask for directions are over. GPS has been invented, and it is becoming more popular as THE navigation tool as more and more people discover its uses. If you are a GPS virgin and have no idea what this wondrous invention can do for your life, read on.
GPS stands for Global Positioning System. In simple terms, it is a navigational tool that allows an in-car unit to determine its location based on information that it receives from one of 24 satellites which are orbiting in space. GPS is wonderful, not only because it can tell you were you are and how to get from point A to point B, but it can also advise you of the locations of places of interest, fast food outlets and gas stations. All of these are very useful things to know when you are out and about in your vehicle.
When it comes to GPS units, the cost will depend on what type of unit you buy and what features it has. A basic GPS unit that can be mounted to your car window, has a smaller screen and limited features will only set you back around $100. Then there are the multi-country, large-screen models that offer real-time traffic reports that will cost you over $400. The key is to determine how you will use the GPS. Is it just for personal use around town, or is it for business use that involves constant driving? Purchase a model that will meet your needs accordingly.
The two main brands that produce GPS for the United States market are Tom Tom and Garmin. They are fiercely competitive with each other regarding price and product types available, which, of course, is always beneficial to the consumer. The final decision will be made on features needed versus what cost you can get the product for on a certain day. Reading product reviews from individuals who have purchased the item before you is always a great way to get an honest and accurate idea regarding any pros and cons of the item, especially in terms of reliability and product construction.
While some GPS units are basic in terms of the features available, and this is reflected in the price, other units offer a myriad of additional options which can be very useful. For example, some units provide real-time traffic reports where the unit will advise of any traffic delays occurring on the route you have selected and offer an alternative route to take. Assistance in advising in which lane you should be traveling in and speaking the name of the road it tells you to take rather than “turn left in 1 mile” is another. Some models offer a predictive text function where it will predict the street you are looking for based on the first few letters entered rather than you always having to spell out the whole name.
Another big feature is a GPS for car tracking; often found on higher end models or simply sold as a vehicle logging units. These devices allow you to locate a vehicle in real-time anywhere in the world through the use of satellite tracking and the use of Google maps. Want to know where your stolen car went, or need to keep tabs on the company truck? A GPS tracker can provide up to date locations. Many parents have also asked, “Can a GPS help me in tracking my teen?” The answer is, yes. Now you can know where your son or daughter drives the family car, how long they stay at each location, and how fast they’re driving. Each unit is different, so do some research on what features the model you are interested in can offer.
A GPS unit installed into your car will enhance your driving experience. It will enable you to travel with confidence regarding directions and may even encourage you to drive to destinations that you would have been afraid to try previously. Purchase a GPS product and get back to motoring with ease.