How to Use a GPS SafelyNowadays it seems maps are obsolete due to technological advances like the GPS (Global Positioning System). VehicleHistory.us.org, your number once source for vehicle history reports, knows it's important to travel safely while using these devices, and here's how.
Read the GPS manual. Though it may seem like a daunting task since GPS manuals can be hundreds of pages long, but browse through the manual and learn how to use the GPS properly. Follow the directions in the user manual to set it up so the system works as it should.
Install the GPS. Put in the correct time and date, along with your home location, but not while sitting in the driver's seat. Sit with the GPS inside your house and take your time. Afterwards, bring it back out to the car and attach it to your windshield or dashboard, not in your line of sight.
Charge the GPS before leaving. Whether you charge the GPS in the car while running short errands, or if you have a wall charger for inside, it is important that it have a full battery before you make a trip. A GPS can be plugged in to retain a charge during a trip, but if the cord happens to disconnect from the GPS while driving down the road, the system should have a charge built up to keep you going. Never attempt to reposition the GPS while the vehicle is in motion.
Program your destination. As stated before, never touch your GPS or enter a new destination while the car is moving; do so in a parked position. Once the destination is found by the GPS, then it is safe to start driving. Note that if the day is overcast or if you are in a parking garage, the signal for the GPS can be affected. It is recommended you pull out of the signal-blocked area and park elsewhere without cover so your GPS can locate the directions to your destination.3
Bring a backup. When everything fails, and the GPS happens to stop working, it doesn't hurt to have the old backup of a map. If you find maps tough to read or just don't prefer them, VehicleHistory.us.org also recommends printing out turn-by-turn directions from trusted map websites.