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 tracking has 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?