You are going on holidays and you want to avoid getting lost like last time. You go to put the address of your holiday destination in to your Satellite Navigation system but it cannot find the address.
This problem can occur if you have an old Sat Nav and you have not been getting Map updates. This is not uncommon as updates can be quite expensive.
If you have ever had problems finding an address in your Sat Nav then there is another option that you can use.
Google maps are regularly updated so by putting the address that you are trying to find in to Google maps you will be given the physical address and Coordinates. You can then input these Coordinates in to your Sat Nav and away you go!
Follow the 3 steps as follows:
1. Open the Google Maps website and enter the address details in the search box at top of the page. Press return and a red positioning image shaped like a teardrop with the letter ‘A’ embedded will now be shown pinpointing the location of your address.
For example if I enter the physical address of the City of Cork in Ireland like this: Cork City, Ireland in to the search box it will pinpoint the address using the red positioning image with the letter A.
2. Using your mouse right click on the red positioning pinpoint image with the letter A until a drop-down menu appears. The drop-down menu contains this list:
directions from here,
directions to here,
center map here,
report a problem.
3. From the drop-down list select ‘whats here’ and the coordinates will now appear in the Google search box!
4. Now take these Coordinates and input them in to your Sat Nav and it will now show your destination location on your Map using the GPS Coordinates that you entered.
It is an advantage to be able to input the GPS Coordinates in to your Sat Nav but be aware that If your Sat Nav maps are out of date your Sat Nav will not be able to show you the correct turns on each road as you come closer to your destination. For example you could be in the middle of a field according to the picture on the map! That is okay as long as you are aware of this. The Sat Nav will still guide you in the right direction.