GPS and the Road to Greater Savings

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Unwilling to ask for directions? Prepare to pay the price in gas and wear and tear on your vehicle.

Your efficiency behind the wheel can affect your bank account. If you get lost too often, you’ll waste gas while putting unnecessary miles on your automobile. And in a down economy, when every penny counts, few Americans can afford taking “the scenic route.”

If your sense of direction or map-reading skills prove subpar, you might want to consider purchasing a GPS device. Today’s GPS devices are relatively inexpensive and offer a wide range of useful services and may actually save you money in the long run. Here are a few ways in which a GPS device can improve your efficiency behind the wheel:

– You won’t get lost. With a GPS device, you’ll easily find your way to your destination, no matter how labyrinth-like the backcountry roads. GPS devices tell you what road you’re on, so there’s no getting lost down unfamiliar roads. If you do take a wrong turn, your GPS will offer new directions until you get back en route.

– You won’t miss your exit. GPS devices offer highway lane assistance, so you’ll know when your exit’s approaching. For example, the Magellan Maestro 4700 tells you street names, when to turn and when to change lanes. 3D landmarks give you visual cues for maneuvers. The device includes built-in AAA TourBooks, which provide ratings and descriptions on AAA-approved places to stay, dine and save. A OneTouch menu lets you access your favorite places and searches instantly, while a voice-command feature simplifies navigation. Avoiding unnecessary exits, U-turns and backtracking will improve your fuel efficiency.

– You’ll avoid traffic. Idling in traffic wastes fuel and raises stress levels. A GPS unit with an integrated live traffic receiver and a subscription service will give you real-time traffic reports and offer alternative routes when roads become jammed.

– You won’t go out of your way to find services en route. You can program your GPS for several destinations, helping you plan the most efficient route possible. When traveling to new areas, you can use your GPS to find the nearest ATM, bank, coffee shop, restaurant or hotel so you don’t waste time hunting for the services you need.

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