Buying a GPS for your truck? Here’s what to look for.
Long gone are the days of using paper maps or even printing pages of directions. If you’re a driver or manage a fleet of trucks, one of the most valuable tools of your trade is a GPS system. These devices are affixed to your dashboard and can guide you toward your next destination. As technology develops, GPS systems have become easier to manage and can do more for your business and driving experience than simply light the way. Here are four things to look for in a modern GPS to enhance your trip and bottom line.
1. Screen size
It may seem obvious, but you want to be able to see where you’re going at all times. Bigger screens are easier to read and let drivers see more clearly what lies ahead. The screen should also be readable in all light conditions. It’s recommended you find a GPS with a five-inch screen or larger. Try also to find one with split-screen viewing so you can keep an eye on the road while accessing the menu.
With the advancement of smartphone technology and audio-visual systems, you may want to find a GPS device that connects to your rig’s speakers along with your mobile device. This may allow you to make hands-free calls, play music and even upload photos and videos. If the device has a data connection, you can also get real-time updates for your route in case any problems crop up.
3. Truck-specific data
Not all GPS systems come with the same features. Some are designed specifically for truck drivers and can provide relevant information with regards to your rig and route. These gadgets allow you to input the size and dimensions of your truck and trailer, and the information is used to lay out the best route. They may also provide handy on-the-go information, such as locations of truck stops, weigh stations, low bridges, and sharp turns.
4. Tracking and logs
Some gadgets are capable of keeping track of things such as time and distance, which may help you in future planning of routes. There may also be applications that assist with bookkeeping and fuel management so you can stay on top of assignments and manage costs. Each one of these features gives you an opportunity to optimize your hauling business so you can get the most out of your driving.
Buying a GPS
The GPS system you buy for your truck should first and foremost assist you with your route planning but can also lend a hand when it comes to managing workload and costs. There’s also no reason they can’t help make the truck driving experience better through increased connectivity. Keep an eye on devices that include all of the above for a more efficient and pleasant journey.