Buying a GPS for Your Car

Thanks to Global Positioning System (GPS), it is now more convenient to go places without having to stop and ask for directions or spending too much time in stopovers to read complicated maps. This technology has been helping car owners and travelers for years, and so many new features have been added and improved–thus making […]



Thanks to Global Positioning System (GPS), it is now more convenient to go places without having to stop and ask for directions or spending too much time in stopovers to read complicated maps. This technology has been helping car owners and travelers for years, and so many new features have been added and improved–thus making it a bit more difficult for buyers to decide on which one to get. Planning on getting your own GPS? Outlined below are things that will help you decide on what type of device you should get for your car.

Clear graphic and audio directions.

Get a GPS that is both clear in the graphics and voice departments. Choose a screen that is big enough for you to read, but would still allow you to have a clear view of the road. The advantage of having a GPS with audio directions is you will have two guides as you move along–you could take glances at the map as the voice tells you where you are and where you’re going.

Note: Voice commands (where users simply dictate the destination and the GPS will find it automatically) have improved, but they’re not always a hundred percent reliable. On-screen menu.Check out the on-screen menu system as well. GPS devices with very small screen buttons will make it very difficult to use, so make sure that the size will be appropriate for your eyesight. Try out some demo versions in the shop and see which one you’re most comfortable with.

Mounted vs Portable.

There are two common kinds of GPS you’ll find in the market today: the one that you permanently mount on your dashboard, and the one that you can detach, share, and take with you to other destinations. The advantage of having the permanent/mountable kind is you’ll have less chances of crashes or complications because it’ll always just stay in place, and you’ll only have to do the set-up once. If you have more than one car that needs GPS, or if you’ll be needing directions while you go jogging or hiking, get the portable, hand-held kind, as they’re more flexible. Remember to take note of the size–you will be taking with you to different places, so you may want to have something that will easily fit in your hand or bag.

Points-of-interest data.

A points-of-interest database will be very useful if you want to be informed on important stops such as restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, gas stations, ATM branches, etc. Once you find what you need, most GPS devices will give you information on location, travel time, contact numbers, and even a background of the establishment.

Updates.

Because businesses change and roads constantly undergo repair, it’s best if you choose a GPS that regularly updates (this is most common in internet-connected units). There are also devices that will give you a real-time report of traffic, so in case there are road constructions going on, you will be informed of alternative routes that you could take.

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