This Is How You Install and Use a GPS Device in No Time

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Maps have been replaced by GPS devices as drivers’ preferred method of navigation. Today’s global positioning devices are easy to install right out of the box and most drivers have no difficulties in programming and using them. Follow these easy steps to get your GPS up and running in no time.

6 Steps to Install a Portable GPS Device:

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    Take the device out of the original box and locate the instruction booklet. It is always important to follow any specific guidelines that are given in the manufacturer’s instructions.

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    There should be three main pieces. The GPS device is a small box with a screen on the front. A power cord should also be included with an adapter that plugs in to your vehicle’s cigarette lighter. Also included should be some type of holder with an affixed suction cup for mounting the device to your windshield or dash board.

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    First, place the GPS device into the holder.

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    Next, mount the device inside your vehicle. It is highly ill-advised to mount the device on a portion of your windshield where it will distract or block your view of the road. The safest place to mount your GPS device is on your dashboard, either in the center or to the far left of the driver’s seat. You may have to moisten the suction cup to successfully affix it to either surface.

    gps installing
    You should always strive to keep the device as low as possible to avoid view obstruction

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    Plug-in the appropriate end of the power cord into the GPS. If your vehicle has a cigarette lighter, remove it before plugging the other end into the twelve volt power outlet.

    cigarette lighter
    Cigarette lighter can be easily found on the dashboard or between front seats

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    Situate the extra length of power cord so that it will not become a distraction while you are driving.

4 Tips to Use a Portable GPS Device:

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    Turn the power button on.

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    Program the device. Most GPS devices will ask a few basic set-up questions the first time they are turned on. For example, you may be asked to provide information on the date, time, and the address of your home location.

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    Use the GPS’s instruction booklet to locate the function that allows you to enter starting and ending addresses. Many GPS devices also allow you to look for different categories of destinations in your surrounding area such as restaurants, parks, or retailers.

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    Be aware that GPS devices are magnets for thieves. When you are not in your vehicle, store the device in your glove box or console.

GPS devices have become so common that many vehicle manufacturers are incorporating them into their vehicles’ designs.

car gps system
An automotive navigation system is a nice add-on but is also reflected in the price of a vehicle

Remember that GPS devices can be very distracting. Never use or situate the device while operating your vehicle. Have a passenger enter destinations while you are driving or pull over in a safe location if you are by yourself. Having a GPS installed in your vehicle is the equivalent to having a road map for every state in the country inside your glove box.

Andrei Zakhareuski, Driving-Tests.org Founder
Andrei is a driver with 11+ years of experience and the founder of Driving-Tests.org.

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