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Car Navigation and GPS Systems

As a driver, it is important that you are able to get to your destination safely and efficiently. Car GPS systems can assist by providing you with turn-by-turn navigation, saving you time and giving you fast and easy access to directions. The system will provide auditory readings of directions, and you can also glance at the screen as necessary. Depending on your needs, you can choose from a basic GPS or go for a more elaborate model that offers advanced features. All of the most popular brands of mountable automotive GPS Systems are available including Garmin, TomTom, Pioneer, Navman and unbranded models.

Maps and Updates

GPS systems come with a wide variety of maps pre-installed, and you may be able to download maps for other countries if you want to take the GPS with you on your travels. Some systems also include lifetime access to maps, whilst others may charge you to update the system. If you are looking to save some money, you can purchase an older system, but you should be aware that the maps may be outdated. In that case, you may be able to purchase updates, but you should always confirm as you do not want to have a redundant system that does not provide accurate directions. To update a GPS, you can connect it to your computer or connect via data/SIM card depending on the model.

Screen Size and Resolution

It is important to consider the screen size and resolution. Some drivers may prefer a large screen, which allows for better visibility. It is also much easier to type in addresses on a larger screen, as the text and numbers will also appear larger. When purchasing a car navigation system, you will notice that they come in four different screen sizes: 3.5-inch, 4.3-inch, 4.7-inch and 5.0-inch. Some new car navigation system even come in 7.0 inches. It is advisable to get the largest screen possible, providing that it can be comfortably used within your car without impeding your vision.

Live Traffic Updates

Car navigation systems have come a long way in recent years, and live traffic updates are one of the best new features. Many of the major brand GPS now come with this feature, and they are connected to the SUNA traffic channel. Essentially what this feature does is plan your route according to the current traffic conditions and events. You will also receive alerts for traffic conditions such as congestion and accidents. This feature is available in premium GPS, so expect to pay slightly more. It is a valuable feature to have in large cities, where there can be more than 300+ incidents reported per hour.

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