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If you are someone who travels by car often, be it for work or pleasure, you should consider buying a GPS system for your car. You may think that a road map will do, or that you can get to your destination by asking for directions, but that’s exactly how a lot of people get lost and stranded. Plus, trying to read a map while driving is complicated and it can be a major distraction. With a GPS, all you have to do is put in a destination, and the device will do the rest. It can plan the shortest route for you, give you traffic information, and even tell you which routes have no toll roads. Some GPS devices can find gas stations, hotels, museums, historic landmarks, and so on. But, before you decide to buy a GPS, you have to take a couple of things into consideration, so that you find the right one for you.
How Often You Travel to Unfamiliar Places
The first thing you should do is think about how often you travel and whether you go to distant destinations or you mainly make short trips. If you often go to areas you don’t know, you could use some of the more expensive devices that provide information about weather conditions, traffic updates, that can find various points of interest, and have a voice command feature, among other things. If you don’t travel that much, a smartphone with a GPS navigation app will do the job.
Read The Reviews For Various GPS Devices
You must do a little research and see how various devices are rated, by both experts and users. There are plenty of websites where experts publish their reviews of a device after they’ve tested it, so you can see all the advantages and disadvantages and make an informed decision. Also, you can use these reviews to compare different devices with different features, and see which one is better and more affordable.
Check The Features
In order to find the right GPS device for you, you have to check whether it has all the features you need. Since GPS devices nowadays are very high-tech, you can opt to buy one that has a wireless FM transmitter, an MP3 player, or a device that is Bluetooth-enabled, which would allow you to make phone calls and make hotel or restaurant reservations.
After you take all these factors into account, you can start shopping around. There are various types of GPS devices, and prices vary greatly, depending on the brand and the features they have. For example, Garmin makes some of the best and most sophisticated GPS devices. The Nuvi 1690 is one of their latest products, costing $230. It has a 4.3-inch screen, and it features real-time traffic alerts and it’s Bluetooth-enabled. There are pre-loaded maps for North America, along with 6 million points of interest. You can connect it to your cell phone and talk on your phone hands-free. Other good GPS devices that you can get for about $300 – $400, are the Tom Tom XL 340, and the Motorola Motonav TN 756t.
Jordan Perch is an active promoter of the new developments in the automotive industry. He is an author of many how-to articles related to DMV, safe driving, buying/selling vehicles, auto insurance etc.
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