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How to Cope if GPS Fails You

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in address, digital maps, Directional Sense, getting lost, GPS | 0 comments

How to Cope if GPS Fails You

GPS is the technological wonder many directionally challenged people adore. Much of the time, it can guide you all the way from your starting point to your destination with no muss or fuss, but sometimes . . . it doesn’t know your destination, or even your address.

An article in (Aitkin County, MN) describes how there may be a difference between local information and maps and the databases used for GPS services. This can cause a problem for those who depend on their GPS devices (like pizza delivery drivers or tow truck operators) and anyone who depends on them (like hungry customers or stranded motorists).

What can you do if you find yourself in this situation? Be sure your GPS system is using the most current database. Always have an up-to-date paper map at hand, as a backup. Call someone knowledgeable for directions. And if you notice a problem with a GPS system, report it to the provider.

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If you’re directionally challenged you need the award-winning book, Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around, by Janet R. Carpman and Myron A. Grant.


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