AD| We are lucky to live in an era where there’s so much technology! It really helps us improve the quality of our life. GPS trackers have been around in various forms for a while now and can be used for both safety and security.
Here are some ways you can use a GPS device.
Where your car is parked
You can use GPS to track where your car is. So if you are in an unfamiliar place, or a large carpark, your can always find your car.
I really needed this when I went to see the Spice Girls in 2019. I drove to Manchester and my friends got a coach. On the way back I was completely lost, I must have walked around the stadium about three times before I found where my car was! It was a bit stressful.
Car theft prevention
A GPS device will help your track and trace your vehicle if it gets stolen. They’re also great if you are leaving your car while on holiday or for a few days when you won’t be able to check on it. You can make sure it’s still in the same place.
I see posts on our local community page all the time about lost cats! They stay out for days and seem to return eventually. But having a GPS collar on them would put your mind at ease knowing they were in the area and still moving around!
Sticking a GPS tracker in your luggage is a great way to ensure you don’t lose your luggage. There’s nothing worse than that feeling of waiting for your case to appear and it being one of the last!
Locating your child
There may be times when you want to track your child’s location. If you have a younger child, it might be a good idea for them to have a GPS device on them if you are going to be somewhere busy, like a theme park. Kids often run off in the blink of an eye! They may also be useful for older children when they start walking to school alone or being more independent.
We’ve all heard horror stories of solo travellers, or even small groups getting attacked, kidnapped or even worse. Having a trusted person track you via GPS could actually be life-saving!
Another one for personal safety! Using GPS can allow someone to know where you are if you are lost, but also allow you to find your location and get back on the right track.
Now, this is one that we use. My husband is a cyclist. When he goes out, he shares his GPS location with me so if something happens where he may get run off the road, I’d be able to find him and drive to him. It’s also handy when he has a flat tyre and I have to go and rescue him!
The dark side of GPS
GPS can be used for terrible things, also. Such as planting a device on someone or someone’s car, then being able to follow them home.
If you have an iPhone and have your location services on, you will get a notification if you’ve been close to an Air Tag for 10 minutes and have the ability to deactivate it. If you have an Android, you can download ‘Tracker Detect’ from the play store to detect Air Tags.
This doesn’t cover all devices, just Apple Air Tags but it’s better than nothing!
I’ve been sent a PAJ GPS Power 2G finder which is a small device that is robust and splashproof. You get 90 days in standby mode with this so it would really work well for many of the things described above. It can alert you when it’s shaken or moved when it leaves a specified radius and if it exceeds a certain speed.
I know this little device will come in handy for lots of different scenarios in the future!
How do you use GPS?
I didn’t know about the dark side of GPS but now I know. This is an interesting read and know more about the GPS.
Great post! I’m working with this brand as well, GPS trackers can really help in so many areas of life. We have a car one as my partner has quite a fancy car (and it’s his pride and joy!) so any extra protection for that is beneficial!
These are brilliant ways to use a GPS tracker. It definitely does provide extra protection when you’re in a risky situation x
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I would love to have a GPS tracker on my cat to see what he gets up to, I have no idea how far he goes! One on my car would definitely have come in handy before too haha
I had no idea Air Tags were a thing, but I’m so glad you mentioned them, it’s a very useful thing to know! I always share my location with a friend & my sister if I’m going on a date x
Omg a gps collar is such an amazing idea!
I leave my location tracking off unless I want it to be on while I am elsewhere and family needs to know where I am in case something happens. I love that you share some of the benefits of GPS tracking, however, as it does have handy uses. 🙂
These are some really great suggestions! I’d really love to put a GPS tracker on my cat for peace of mind, and using them for personal safety such as solo travelling is such a great idea – that could save so many lives. Thank you so much for sharing x
I love this device. So useful for all the points you’ve outlined. Thanks for sharing your review.
There are some great ideas here! I have been looking into GPS collars a lot more for our pets as we venture out further into the backcountry. The most important thing to keep in mind there is where you are going with your pets and how it connects. While some are great for remote locations, others require a cellphone connection which can fail in the wilderness.
GPS trackers are great technology when used for good things like keeping track of pets or kids. My friend put an Air Tag on her daughter’s zipper pull for her coat and another friend ties one in her daughter’s ponytail when they go to large places like amusement parks. I love that they can help keep us and our kids safer.
I use them with my suitcase all the time.
I’ve been in the same car situation as you a couple of times! It’s definitely a stressful situation. I could have definitely done with something like this! You’ve noted some great ideas on how they can be used.