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The Uses of GPS: Find Directions, Assist in Emergencies, and Even Find Your Children

written by: KateG•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 1/7/2011

GPS systems and programs offers a variety of uses. In this first part of our two part series we examine some of the main uses of GPS. This section examines driving directions, off trail (hiking, boating) directions, emergency uses for GPS and even how they can track down your children.

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    GPS, also known as the global positioning systems, has found its way into a lot of different aspects of our lives. As a tool that has become so frequent a player in our lives, you should consider all of the ways that you can use GPS, even if you don't actually use all of these methods, at least you'll know they exsit. You may be familiar with all of the applications or some may be a surprise.

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    Getting Directions While You Drive

    This is probably the most familiar of the possible uses for GPS technology. You set a route on your devices, and then it will give you directions in real time. Getting a reverse route for your device can be a bit of a challenge, but on the whole car based GPS systems come in a wide selection of models. They also come in a wide range of price brackets. If you do not want to pay for the devices, then you can usually use software to get your GPS on your cell phone.

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    Keeping Your Bearings When You Are Hiking, Camping, Fishing or Hunting

    Playing in the outdoors can be a lot of fun. Getting lost in the woods is a lot less fun. It can also be a potential hazard to your health. Having a handheld GPS device in your kit can be a big help. You can use it to find your bearings on the map and get yourself out of trouble, or you can use it to get help from rescue services. You can also get great topography maps for your devices, just be sure to keep them updated.

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    To Call An Ambulance if You Are in Trouble

    If you get into an accident then getting help can literally be a matter of life and death. GPS can help rescue workers find you, even if you don''t know where you are. This happens in two ways; If you have a car with Onstar (or a similar services) then you can have emergency services called automatically. Also, if you dial with your cell phone then E-911 will kick in. E-911 then lets the 911 operators immediately find your location. They can also be used in devices that act as portable beacons, which can be held on your person until you need them.

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    To Find Your Kids

    Are your kids really at the library? Or are they hanging out at the mall? Parents of previous generations have had to rely on hear say to find out. Now you can be sure every time with certain models of cell phones and other devices that are designed to help you keep tabs on your kids. Just be aware that in most cases that you may be given the slip if your kids know about the GPS.

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    Now that you know about some of the uses of GPS, take a few seconds to relax. Then move onto the next piece in the series. There, you will find even more ways to use GPS.