Should You Follow Your GPS?

The Global Positioning System (GPS) has revolutionised how people travel and navigate both through unfamiliar and familiar territories. In the UAE, GPS is no doubt one of the most useful tools for people who are new in the country and want to explore it. People seeking affordable car rentals even look for GPS as one of the main features of their rented vehicle.

However, with the high-level efficiency of a GPS, you might ask, “Should I follow my GPS?” This question sounds like a no brainer. After all, it’s a GPS, right? It is among the most powerful navigation tools ever created by man.

But should you follow your GPS?

Here are some reasons why you should and should not follow your GPS all the time.

Availability of GPS signal

GPS no doubt comes with great coverage. It covers a wide range of areas in the UAE. As this might be the case, there are still instances that your GPS device may lose signal and render your device inaccurate or not properly working.

Some reasons why you GPS might not work is that it has communication failure with the satellites, tall buildings and natural landscapes are blocking the signal, your location is disabled, and your GPS is not configured the right way.

When GPS signal is poor or lost, then you may receive false directions, incorrect location, and worst of all, inaccurate details such as estimated time of arrival and measure of distance.

Compromised navigation skills

A good sense of direction, spatial memory, and navigation skills allow you to travel on your own and with no total dependency on GPS devices.

You might think that these skills are not needed anymore when you have GPS as your travel buddy. However, you need to realise that GPS devices are not always available. Whether you have a dead smartphone battery, entering a no GPS-signal territory or using a new car rental Abu Dhabi vehicle, you will soon understand how important it is to have navigation skills.

The problem with overly relying on your GPS device is it weakens your navigation skills, ruins your sense of direction, and distort your spatial memory. Therefore, from time to time, you may want to turn off your GPS device and sharpen your navigation skills.

Risk of having unintended results

You might have heard stories of people getting lost because of faithfully and blindly following their GPS. Some people ended up in swamps while others got their vehicle wedged between buildings.

Sometimes, common sense is more powerful than the GPS. However, if you don’t follow your common sense when you should have, you might waste fuel, energy, money and time.

When you should follow your GPS

While there are certainly reasons why you should not follow your GPS all the time, there are still times when GPS is super useful. If the conditions are in your favor, GPS can be stunningly accurate. For example, when you get a Nissan for rent in UAE and it comes with a GPS, you should be able to quickly determine the shortest and fastest way to your destination(s).

Yes, GPS has its weaknesses, but it is a useful technology for many of us. Most of the time, it offers more good. It allows us to plan our trips ahead and get to our destination quick and easy.

You can certainly use GPS when necessary. It shouldn’t be your primary tool though but use your navigation skills first. If it fails, then you can now take out your GPS device and get a helping hand from the satellites above.

Finding the right car for your trips

Now that you know whether you should follow your GPS or not, it is time to find the right vehicle for you. When you’re looking for the best luxury and economy car rental services, you would not regret choosing EuroStar Rent-a-Car. We have a huge selection of vehicles and various packages to meet not just your budget, but also your needs and preference. Give us a call today!