A new GPS is a wonderful navigational device, especially when traveling in a new area. It can be invaluable, because it gives verbal instructions on where to turn, when to turn, how far until the next turn, and various other navigational instructions. It can also find the closest gas stations, restaurants by category, hotel and motel locations, auto repair facilities, banks or shopping, entertainment and recreation – even the closest hospital! It can direct you anywhere you want go! They’re wonderful!
Operating a GPS, however, can be difficult, and stressful, for the first several days, at least until you get accustomed to how it operates – how it gives those navigational instructions, and what it does if those instructions aren’t followed. Navigating from point A to point B, when the city or area is totally unfamiliar is stressful enough without trying to operate an unfamiliar electronic device, too. What is the best way to LEARN to operate a new GPS?
Here is the key: When you first purchase a GPS, learn to operate it around your home for several days or more, go through all the screens to learn the capabilities of your new system, and the options for different programs, such as which voice you may prefer – just play with it! Then use it on the everyday familiar trips, like to work, school, and the store – all the little trips you make all the time, where you already know where to go. Except this time, let the new GPS lead you, as if you didn’t know the way. See what your new GPS does if you don’t follow its instructions, as if you missed the turn information. Try to find the nearest gas station or restaurant from your home. Try anything you can think of, just to see what it will do, and how to respond to it. This helps you become familiar with the system and how it operates, before using it in unfamiliar areas.
Your new GPS can give you lots of useful information, besides just when and where to turn to reach your desired destination. GPS satellites also transmit a very precise, accurate, atomic time. With that information, it will accurately calculate precisely when you will reach your final destination. This can be very useful information to have when you’re trying to arrive somewhere on time.
Once you’re familiar with all of its idiosyncrasies (and it will have many), it will be invaluable when traveling to a new city, to new areas. That’s when you’ll be glad you have it, and that you’ve learned how to use it!