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Going on an adventure, meeting new people, and exploring a new place is always fun. However, getting lost on your way will not only be a waste of your precious time, but it will also waste your hard-earned cash. So, if you're planning to go on a road trip to an unfamiliar destination, you need to prepare everything beforehand to make sure that you don't get lost. One way to prevent this from happening to you is by securing a GPS or Global Positioning System device on your vehicle. Using this technology, navigating a new place will be much easier, and you'll be able to get to your destination faster. You will also spend less money because you won't use up your car's gas unnecessarily. Surely, getting this for your vehicle will make you feel more secure during your drives. To find out more about this thing of wonder, here's a quick and basic guide that can help you out.

What are GPS devices for?

Originally made for military use, the technology of the Global Positioning System was initially utilized to make coordination with large troops faster and easier. It was not only in the 80s when these devices started to become part of everyday life.with manufacturers mass producing units for civilian use. Typical units sold in the market are accurate by a few feet while those that are used by the military are accurate within inches, thanks to their multiple antennas.

How does a GPS device or receiver work?

Whether you have a handheld, car-installed, or static ground station receiver, they all work with the help of 24 satellites that orbit above the earth at about 20,000 miles from the surface. These satellites operate 24/7 and are divided into four to form six groups. Each group travels on a different orbital track, which allows them to cover the entire planet. From up there, radio signals are sent by the satellites and these are decoded by the receiving device on earth. The time code sent by the satellite and the data of the receiving device are then compared to make out the location within a 10 to 20 meter radius. When the satellites are able to detect more receivers, they will give out more accurate results, so you'll be able to make your way and navigate through different streets with correct directions.

Where should I install the GPS receiver in the vehicle?

If you have a portable device and you want to install it in your vehicle, the best location would be near the windshield at the driver's side. You can place it near the dashboard, but you need to make sure that it does not block your sight of the road to keep you, your passengers, and other motorists safe.

How much do I need to prepare when buying a GPS device?

A good portable device or receiver will cost you around $150. On the other hand, if you want a device that you can install in your ride, you need to prepare around $1,500.