Many people have heard about GPS car tracking, but they don’t even consider seeking out more information on the topic. They might be intimidated, thinking that you have to have tons of technical experience and knowledge in order to even get a device like this out of its packaging. Another might dismiss the concept out of hand, thinking that they would never have a use for this ability. Still others might think that setting up a GPS tracking system for their car will cost an arm and leg, putting them in the poor house by just considering the option. Well, for those people I would invite you to read on as I consider 10 reasons why you might want to get over your immediate rejections and give GPS car tracking chance.
1. Car tracking is cheaper than you think.
Sure, there is some forms of car tracking that are going to cost you an arm and a leg. The portable GPS tracking device is going to cost you $100s and you will have to pay a significant tracking fee each month if you want to use the device to its full potential. This is the situation that most people think about when they think about tracking a car and it is expensive.
But there are cheaper alternatives. Cell phones make great tracking devices. For under $50 you could get a cell phone, install some of the free GPS tracking software on it (see our list of free GPS tracking cell phone applications and software for providers), and your phone is now a car tracker. You still have to pay a monthly subscription, but at least you get to make phone calls now too. You can even hardwire the phone so that you have power to your phone at all times giving you real time, 24/7 tracking.
2. Teens benefit from having a tracking device installed in the car.
Teens are crappy drivers. They speed, take unnecessary risks, and make stupid decisions about how to drive. But when we are in the car with them, they make great decisions and drive like angels. By putting a GPS tracking device in their car you will be letting you teen know that you are there with them even if you aren’t in the passenger seat.
This way, if they break the driving rules you can crack down on them and help them take driving safely seriously. More teens die every year from car accidents than any other cause, so ensuring that our children drive safely is a top priority of parents across the nation.
3. GPS car tracking keeps spouses honest about their whereabouts.
Cheating sucks, and secrecy only lets cheating go on indefinitely. With GPS car tracking you can ensure that your actions and the actions of your spouse are made clear to the other. All actions must be accounted for and this will make communication between spouses open, honest, and verifiable.
GPS tracking for cars should never be used as a substitute for good communication or marriage counseling, but it can really help some people who suffer from serious trust issues. Obviously if their trust issues are big enough there is no amount of GPS that is going to fix that, so make sure the whole marriage or relationship is being looked at as well.
4. GPS tracking is great to have in case of an emergency.
We recently wrote an article about how using GPS vehicle tracking can save lives and this really is true. Imagine how useful it would be to have an exact location to give emergency personnel who are responding to your husband’s heart attach as he sits on the site of the Interstate. Or imagine how easy it would be to help your frantic, lost spouse find their way to a familiar place if you could see their exact location on a Google Map. This is the power of car GPS tracking and it makes a lot of sense to have something set up for a circumstance just like this. Onstar is the commercial product for this, but you can easily make your own Onstar system with a cell phone.
5. GPS tracking devices double as a theft recovery devices.
If a car gets stolen when it has a real time tracker installed you can use it as a theft recovery GPS. All you do it find out the location of the vehicle and hand that over to authorities. Heck, you could even give them your login information so that they can track the vehicle themselves. Then, a few hours later you can be happy to know that the thief is in custody and your car will be returned to you shortly. Now that is peace of mind.
6. They are fun.
If you are a geek (like me) you will find having the ability to look at where you have driven on a map incredibly fun and satisfying. All that data is just waiting to played with and all you have to do is log into your account and you have access to it all. But the fun doesn’t end there. There is also GPS art or GPS tracking for pets that can occupy your time as well if you feel up to the challenge.
7. A GPS tracking system is educational and can be used to teach kids important information.
Math. Space. Electronics. These are all things that a GPS can do to help children learn about the world around them. While in order to teach kids these things through your GPS car tracking system, it is probably good information for you to know as well. Simple things like trilateration, geosynchronous orbit, and chip technology are all words and concepts that people of all ages and education levels can and should learn about.
8. They are really convenient.
We have already seen how these device can be the difference between life and death, but they can also help provide us with all sorts of convenient information as well. If you have a question like, “I wonder where my wife is at with her errands today?” all you would have to do is log onto your online GPS tracking account and see exactly where she is. The same is true of fathers coming home from work, or teens traveling to a friends house, or a family member taking a long road trip to visit. The information isn’t necessary, its just convenient to know and can be easily accessed from a computer.
9. GPS can help you fight a speeding ticket.
Police are out to get speeder because it increases city revenue and that is part of the police’s duty. But we also know that the methods police use to identify speeder is shoddy at best. Car GPS tracking systems are, on the other hand, not shoddy at all and provide very accurate speed information. If you can take your tracking information to court with you from your GPS tracking system then you are almost certainly going to be able to successfully fight your speeding ticket.
10. They can make you better drivers.
If you are serious about analyzing your driving habits then you can use your GPS tracking system for cars to improve your driving habits. Do you take the best route to get to your destination? How is your speed up and slow down times? Do you make good use of coasting to conserve fuel? These are all questions that a GPS car tracking device can help you answer.
How about you, what are some reasons that you can think of to give GPS car tracking a chance?