5 other smart things you can do with your GPS

Updated Oct 07, 2020 | Same topic: Let's Drive Smart!
The list of some other smart things that drivers can do using their vehicle's GPS aside from giving directions towards their destination.

We’re sure you already know that your cigarette lighter socket can be a plug for other accessories. But do you know that you can use your GPS for more than just going to and from? Here are a few other fun ways that you can use your trusty GPS. Check them out and see how it can make your everyday errands more convenient.

1. You can locate the gas stations with the best price

The era of “affordable fuel” is far left behind as the prices of fuel continue to rise. It may hurt to say it but there isn’t anything we can really do about that. If you want to save on gas, you will just have to adjust your habits.

Of course, you can start by limiting the times you use your vehicle. If your destination is pretty close, you can just walk instead. You can also leave your house earlier to avoid traffic jams that will leave your engine on idle. And then you have the third option: use your GPS to find a gas station with the cheapest fuel.

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Use your GPS to find a gas station with the cheapest fuel

There are specialized navigation systems that are high-tech and real-time that can help you with this. These primarily work by identifying the closest gas stations in the area. The prices are then ranked so you can choose the gas station you want to go to.

Once you’ve made your choice, the GPS can point you in the right direction to get there. The only drawback is that you will often be asked to subscribe to these types of services. You may also be required to purchase a compatible in-car GPS unit.

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2. Keep a record on the whereabouts of family members

If you often have trust issues as to your loitering kids or pets, your car GPS may also help. This is also a good idea for those who have elderly people that often like to wander out of the house.

You can opt to use any of the available apps depending on your device’s operating system. Some of the most used apps are Family Locator and Safe365.

GPS tracking on family members

You can opt to use any of the available apps depending on your device’s operating system

There are also trackers available for your precious pets who like to wander off. Although they can be a bit costly, you will actually find that they’re worth it. You can order cheaper ones online. But if you want to make sure that the quality is dependable, head to specialty stores instead.

These are shops that focus on the wants and needs of your Fidos. The pet trackers sold here are usually more expensive. The upside is that you can count on the quality of the item. Just make sure that you test the item on-site before paying up.

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3. It can help you find your car

We can’t deny the rising crime rate related to vehicle theft these days. Automakers are continuously coming up with more and more innovations to keep their units safe. But thieves and people with ill-purposes also continue to re-invent and adjust their strategies.

In fact, it doesn’t matter whether your car is new or old. Thieves can come up with all sorts of ideas on how to make money out of your car. So if you want to keep it safe, you better take little extra measures.

Toy car in a map

GPS is a very useful tool in the event of car theft

You can try equipping your car with a GPS tracker. You can set up the configuration on your smartphone or tablet. This will let you know where your car is in real-time. This is a very useful tool in the event of car theft. You may also find it useful in case you forgot where you parked.

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4. You find good places to eat 

Aside from all that, you can also use your in-car GPS to find yourself a good place to eat. This is highly suggested if you want to try something new or eat something out of your comfort zone.

You’ll also appreciate it if you’re up in the middle of the night looking for a place to eat. Philkotse.com highly suggests this for those who also like to travel. This is especially if you often have no idea which the best restaurant is in a particular place

.Google map in a phone

Aside from all that, you can also use your in-car GPS to find yourself a good place to eat

For this particular job, all you need is Google Maps to help you out. If you have a preferred navigation system that works better for you, you can go for that as well. You can use the GPS signal from your smartphone to sort out the best places to eat from where you are.

Often, these apps will let you filter through different categories. These include price, cuisine, ratings, guest’s comments and more! You can even use your GPS to find which restaurants offer deliveries.

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5. Locate the nearest parking spot

A parking spot is one of the hardest things to find if you’re driving a car. The situation can even get harder for you if you’re in a new, unfamiliar place or are traveling. This is also a major stressor if you’re in a hurry for a meeting or a bathroom break. Good thing there is a solution to this too.

We’re sure you’ve heard Waze. This is one of the best and most popular navigation apps in the Philippines as of today.

Searching for a parking lot using mobile map app

Waze can also give you info regarding the nearest parking lots close to where you are in real-time

But did you know? Aside from giving you directions, Waze can also give you info regarding the nearest parking lots close to where you are in real-time. It can even display an estimated timeframe for you to get there. However, this may not be applicable to all devices and situations.

Author

Hanna Sanchez

Hanna is one of the most competitive swimmers in the country during her day. It was not long before she discovered her passion for the automotive industry as well. Nowadays, she balances her passion through writing as well as coaching.