12 Practical Uses of GPS for Everyday People

By: Jack Lee

GPS or Global Positioning Systems is a term that most commonly conjures up images of vehicle navigation systems, space-age satellite technology, and interactive maps for outdoors-types and sportsmen.

But the reality is, Global Positioning Systems is now beyond GPS vehicle tracking or map navigation. There are now so many practical uses of GPS that everyday people like us can benefit from. All it takes is a bit of creativity, and some trial and error.

Practical Uses of GPS
Here are a few of the many possibilities and benefits of GPS for you right now in your busy and hectic life.

1. Know where your children are using services from companies like uLocate Communications.

2. Keep track of elderly members of your family, so that they don’t wander off alone.

3. Plan a road trip around interesting points of interests, landmarks, campsites, diners, etc, and hear fewer 'Are we there yets?'- and of course get the most out of that expensive gas.

4. Get emergency road side assistance at a touch of a button from your vehicle, so you can get help exactly where and when you need it.

5. Keep a visual journal and bookmark collection of your favorite hot spots, sceneries, and points of interests, that may not be listed in any travel guide. You can create your own mini travel guides and memories.

6. Find lost pets easily using collars with built-in GPS, better than running around in your pajamas hollering like a maniac.

7. Feel safer with cellular phone 911 calls, so emergency personnel can pinpoint your location once you make an emergency call. Please double check your carrier service to see that it has GPS features and get a primer on how it works if possible.

8. Get to your interview, or any important time sensitive destination or engagement, faster by finding shortcuts and correct directions.

9. Find a good Italian restaurant near your movie theatre on the fly.

10. Track your luggage, laptops, and anything of importance while traveling.

11. Track and find family, friends in a crowded concert, graduation, or any social gathering.

12. When going on a vacation, feel free to separate from group for a while to venture on your own based on your own interests and find them later on with your GPS enabled device- even in an unfamiliar place.

GPS makes a great educational and fun gift
Especially for your loved one’s and friends. Consider just two of the many creative and educational uses of GPS.

  • Playing Raygun
    Stay physically active and fit by playing RayGun! A locational based cell phone game based on GPS technology.
  • GPS Treasure Hunt
    The global craze was pokemon. The game allowed strangers to become friends overnight. Watch out for the next treasure hunt game. 

If you are still thingking about GPS devices, now is as good a time to get yourself a cool GPS device. Good luck

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