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Are GPS devices that reliable?

April 29th, 2013  |  Insurance

We have all heard the stories of GPS devices providing people with poor directions and causing them to get lost in the process. As a result, this has caused many people to call into question the reliability of GPS devices.

While you could argue to reliability of a GPS device all day long, it brings to light a couple of important points that people tend to overlook.

  1. Research before you buy:  Just like with any other consumer good, you get what you pay for. This is why it is important to perform some consumer research, read reviews, and look at sales numbers in order to find a reliable GPS.
  2. Use your common sense: Just because the GPS tells you to perform a specific action does not mean you have to do it. Don’t follow its instructions blindly. Use your common sense.  If it tells you to drive down a one way street, stop and question the directions you are receiving.
  3. Read the instructions: Before you install your GPS and hit the road, it is important to read the instructions so you know how to properly use the device.
  4. Make sure the software is up to date: A GPS will require software updates from time to time. As infrastructure changes, GPS companies update the maps in their system and if you don’t update your software, you could be getting directions on outdated maps.

What is the weirdest thing that your GPS has told you to do? What advice can you offer to others that are having issues with their GPS?

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