Is the trend of including GPS tracking devices into new cars a gimmick or are there any serious benefits to knowing where you car is at any one time? Well the answer is yes, there are lots of advantages to having a vehicle fitted with a GPS tracker.
The main and obvious plus is its use within Sat Nav systems, you need never get lost again if you use satellite navigation along with a little commonsense. Of course there are times when computerised maps are not as up to date as the surrounding countryside and the logic expressed by the system can occasionally be misled. Therefore there is still the requirement of some fundamental understanding of where you are and what your ultimate destination is but more often than not Sat Nav is useful.
The installation of GPS also gives your vehicle an added security feature. If the car is stolen and low jacked it’s a lot easier to trace and recover and if you are quick enough you can follow your missing cars progress live over the internet and inform the authorities exactly where it’s heading. Modern GPS units also allow for geotagging, this is where you define a specific area or place such as your drive, a garage etc and if the car is detected beyond the boundaries it activates an alarm to warn you that it’s mobile.
It’s for these reasons as well that insurance companies like GPS activated cars; they are more likely to offer you cheaper policies and bigger discounts if you install a GPS tracker. There are policies out now that allow the insurer to monitor your cars performance and usage and again, in return you receive preferential policy rates.
On a personal level being able to accurately pinpoint your car has lots of bonuses. After two weeks away in the sun and arriving in a massive airport car park it can be a mammoth task remembering exactly where the car was parked. If a partner or family member drops the car off in town for you to collect later or you park up before going out for a night on the town you can easily track down the vehicle if you’ve got a mobile device such as an iPhone capable of logging on to the internet.
Advising someone who is lost also becomes a whole lot simpler, instead of asking them to identify any significant landmarks you can spot them instantly from the comfort of your own home and put them immediately back on course.
GPS trackers, gimmick or useful device, you’d have to admit there are a lot of benefits from being able to manage your cars whereabouts.