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Tips for smart GPS use

Friday, August 31, 2012 3:53:09 PM

Business car rental can be handy for getting to meetings and corporate events, but driving can be difficult when you're in an unfamiliar city. GPS devices help ease travel concerns, pinpoint driving times and ensure that business professionals are able to locate their next destination, but it's important to have a state-of-the-art device, as well as a backup plan.

Make sure you choose a reliable GPS to get you from Point A to Point B. Consumer reports, product reviews and technology blogs can help you determine which GPS will best suit your needs. Garmin and TomTom are generally credited as the top GPS brands, according to PCMag.com. Many rental car companies also offer top of the line GPS devices that can be rented along with your business travel rental car.

If you have a personal navigation device, it's important to keep it updated. Road construction, new businesses, closed businesses and updated routes can dramatically alter your driving course. It would be a professional blunder to agree to meet a client at a certain restaurant, only to find that your GPS doesn't have the establishment in its inventory yet.

Lastly, have a backup plan. A good, old fashioned road map or a smartphone equipped with GPS tracking should be able to help you find your way around unfamiliar territories.

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