How to Plan a Route With GPS

How to Plan a Route With GPS
GPS systems can make navigation a breeze for even the most directionally challenged users. GPS navigation is especially helpful when planning a trip, and learning to plan a route with your GPS system is easy. Programming your route can be done is just a few minutes, leaving you more time to enjoy the open road.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Outline your route with pencil and paper. Make a list of all the places you want to stop on your route, along with the address of each stop.
Step 2
Check to see if your GPS navigation system includes maps for the area where you will be traveling. Most GPS systems purchased in the United States have maps for the U.S. loaded into the system. If you will be traveling outside of the United States, you may need to purchase additional maps. These maps can be purchased and downloaded from your GPS manufacturer's official website.
Step 3
Program a route with your GPS system. From your GPS system's main menu, choose the "Where To?" or "Find" option. On the next screen, select "Address" and use the on-screen keypad to enter the destination address. When the full address is displayed, touch it and then touch the "Go" or "Start Route" button.
Step 4
Add additional stops to your route. To add additional stops to your route, press the "Where To?" or "Find" button while navigating the route. Select "Address" and use the on-screen keypad to enter the address of the stop. Touch the full address when it displays on the screen. Press the "Go" or "Start Route" button and then choose "Add as Via Point" to add the stop before the route's original destination. If you want the new address to be the new destination for the route, choose "Add as New Destination" instead.

Tips & Warnings

Use your GPS system's points of interest database to find restaurants, gas stations, shops and other businesses while traveling. You can access the points of interest database by selecting "Where To?" from the main menu screen and then choosing "Points of Interest."
Do not attempt to operate your GPS system while driving. If you need to make changes to your route, pull over to the side of the road or ask a passenger to make the necessary changes.

Article Written By Megan Mattingly-Arthur

Megan Mattingly-Arthur has been writing professionally since 1998. She has contributed to various publications, including "Teen Voices" and "Positive Teens" magazines, as well as a book, "The Young Writer's Guide to Getting Published." Mattingly-Arthur is studying travel and tourism through Penn Foster Career School.

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