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Get the Most from Your GPS

Today’s GPS devices do a great job of getting us to our destination that it’s easy to overlook everything else they can do.

From helping us find the lowest gas prices to looking up nearby restaurants, these devices can really make our daily lives easier. All it takes is a little creativity, some trial and error, and soon you’ll be using GPS in ways you never thought possible.

Here are three ways you can get the most from your GPS device:

Use Points of Interest
Your GPS device most likely came pre-loaded with thousands of destinations known as Points of Interest (POIs). These POIs include everything from landmarks like parks and historic buildings, to essentials like ATMs, restaurants and hotels. So why not use this information to plan your next road trip or find the nearest station with the lowest gas price? You can simply search by category and the results will generally appear with the closest POI listed first. Not finding a particular POI? Learn how to add POIs to your portable device quickly and easily.

Optimize Your Voice Settings
While most GPS devices already have a few preset voice selections, they usually sound very generic and automated. However, now there are an increasing number of downloadable GPS voices that can make your trip very entertaining.

Update Your Map Regularly
Every year, roads and addresses change across the country. That’s why it’s important to get map updates for your GPS device on a regular basis. The last thing you want to do is waste time and gas looking for a business that has either moved or closed. So give your GPS the chance to do its best work with the most current map data.

Your GPS device offers so many possibilities. But the key to getting the most from your device is to simply keep using it. Through trial and error, you’ll discover what features you like and don’t like. And over time, you’ll use it in ways that best fits your needs.