How To Use GPS Devices

A Beginner's Guide

The GPS or Global Positioning System was used by the military in the early 70’s, but was only commercially available years later. The GPS system receives data in real time through the satellites that orbit the Earth. It needs at least 4 satellites to accurately pinpoint your location through latitude and longitude coordinates. The GPS acts as a receiver that allows it to find your coordinates wherever you may be in the world. There are GPS devices for vehicles that plot your position on a map through its display and enable you to find the best route to your destination. There are even portable GPS devices that you can take with you during hikes or exploring the wilderness to help you find your way back to camp. Maps are stored in the memory that is installed on the GPS device which makes it an accurate and efficient navigation device.

  1. Input initial data on the GPS. When you first get a GPS device you have to put in data like your address. You further personalize the device by putting in addresses of places you frequent, like the office or your favorite mall. You can add in addresses of relatives for those occasions when you’d have to visit them. Having them stored on your GPS device will save you time off of having to input them every time you leave.
  2. Customize electronic voice. Most GPS devices have an electronic voice that gives you direction or notifies you of the distance to your destination, and some can even warn you if you miss a turn. On some GPS devices, the electronic voice can be customized to one that you can be comfortable with. The electronic voice comes in handy when you need to focus more on the driving than having to take your eyes off the road to check your location.
  3. Landmark identification. Some electronic maps that are stored on your GPS device will show important landmarks like gasoline stations, restaurants or hospitals. This is information is beneficial especially in emergency situations like having to locate the nearest gas station when you are about to run out of gas or when someone get sick and you’d have to take them to the closest hospital.
  4. Quality of product and graphics. The GPS must have quality graphics so you can decipher roads or paths. The map has to be clear to make navigating easier.

The GPS technology makes navigating from point A to point B easier than reading a map. With updated maps you can get to a location quickly by finding the best possible route.


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