Handheld GPS units are the newest wave of useful gadgetry developed by technology companies. The Lowrance GPS System is ready to tackle almost anything a weary traveler can throw at it. If you are lost in the middle of a city or simply need directions out of a current construction zone, you will be glad to know that your Lowrance GPS system is equipped with all of the latest maps and navigation software available.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Open your Lowrance GPS desktop and browse to the navigation software.
Double-click on the software to open it and then click "Navigate" in the left-hand corner.
Allow the GPS software to download your location by triangulating from available satellites. This could take several minutes.
Type in your desired location in the "Search" box and click "Enter". Follow the directions displayed on the screen. The name of the route you are following will be displayed at the top center of the screen and the route you are looking for will be at the bottom center.
Determine trip distances by glancing at the bottom left of the screen where the total distance will be displayed in miles or kilometers based on your preference. To change this setting, click on "Settings" and then "Miles/Kilometers".
Navigate to a point of interest instead of a specific address by clicking on "Navigation" and then scroll to "POI" (which stands for Points of Interest). A selection of points of interest based on distance from your current location will appear on the screen. Select the point you would like to visit and click "Navigate".
Change the voice feature to meet your preferences by clicking on "Settings" and "Voice". You can choose different voices from the pop-up list or simply mute the device. There is also a selection available in this menu to change the language of the GPS speaker. Choose from English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese or a number of other languages available.
Choose a route based on your preferences for your trip. For instance, you can click "Preview route" and select specific roads to avoid. Click "Recalculate route" for an alternate route selection to appear. If you miss a road while you are driving, the GPS will automatically recalculate your route to get you back on track.
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