How to select a GPS navigation system for the car

Have you ever sat behind the wheel and wondered if you really know how to get to your destination? Do not fear anymore. GPS (Global Positioning System) is a car navigation system that will tell you how to get to any destination. These products use GPS, which has a large number of satellites that determine where you are.

You will need to:
  • Manual GPS navigation system
Steps to follow:


Decide how often you use the system, cheap systems just connect to the lighting of your car's cigarettes and are small enough to store them in the glove compartment, but do not have a very friendly interface.


Consider the design of your car, some systems come with a monitor that shows the map, the monitor is commonly installed on the dashboard or on a pedestal that extends from the dashboard. In some cars such installation may block the vents or make it uncomfortable for a passenger to enter or exit the vehicle or even sit on the seat.


Select a system that presents multiple selection features with different ways to reach your destination. This can include by address, by intersection, by a personal address book or by means of a selected point directly from the map.


Look for a system that gives instructions by voice, as well as graphs, systems that use a map and a monitor include arrows that indicate the direction of rotation and also indicate where your car is on the map in relation to the destination. Other systems use the main unit or the radio to show the name of the street on which you must make a turn or in which you are traveling, both systems give verbal instructions when you approach a curve.


Select a system that includes points of interest, most GPS systems include the location of airports and other transportation services, ATMs and banks, restaurants, hotels and a variety of other sites.


Choose a system that offers updates to points of interest data.


Consider the installation time if you are working with a tight budget, systems that are based on maps that are displayed on monitors are more complicated to install than other types of systems.


Once all the specifications have been identified for your GPS system, the price of the different units, most retailers will have in-store demonstration units where you can see, touch, and experiment.


You can always check online stores to find the most suitable GPS for your needs at the lowest price.

  • GPS manufacturers for navigation systems warn that if the product is installed by an unauthorized consumer or distributor, the company will void the warranty.
  • No matter how smart your GPS is, there are cases where it may fail to function or it will not catch reception. Always have a paper map as a backup.