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The real benefits of having a gps in your car

The Real Benefits of Having a GPS in Your Car

By now you’ve probably heard the television and radio ads urging you to “Get a Garmin” this holiday season. But what are the real benefits of owning a consumer GPS device? Since we know you’re not the kind of person to simply buy what the TV tells you, we’ve provided the following objective list of reasons to own a GPS from Garmin, Magellan, Tom Tom or any number of consumer electronics companies.

What are the Benefits of Owning a Car GPS Device?

So let’s cut to the chase. Are GPS devices just cool gadgets to show off to your friends or do they have some practical purpose in your life? Here are some of the things you can do with a GPS device:

- Get directions. Obviously, the number one selling point of any GPS is that it helps you get from Point A to Point B without getting lost. New GPS technology allows you to pre-program your trip into the device and then receive directions via turn-by-turn navigation. On many Garmin GPS, the information is even delivered by a friendly computerized voice.

- Use it as a phone. The Magellan Maestro and other recent GPS devices now integrate Bluetooth technology into the device, so you can now use the GPS as a hands-free phone. With concerns about safety due to cell phone use in the car (and many states having passed hands-free cell phone laws) this feature is more relevant than ever.

- Drive more safely. As amazing as it sounds, many GPS now provide warnings about upcoming obstacles in the road as well as advice about which lane has the least amount of potential traffic. These features give you an advantage over the unexpected bumps in the road that could pose a real safety risk to you or your family.

- Get there quicker. In the “old days” you had to bite your tongue and wait it out when traffic got tough. Now, GPS devices help make the traffic snarl a thing of the past. Many systems are linked to your local highway traffic reports and can clue you in when you need to take an alternate route. In fact, GPS technology has become so advanced that it can even provide that alternate route on the fly!

- Find something to do. Magellan, Garmin and other companies are now preloading their auto GPS with links to thousands of restaurants, movie theatres and other entertainment options. You can search by what you want to do tonight, and the GPS will provide a wealth of options (and even tell you how to get there).

- Enjoy your trip. If you’re taking your family on a car trip, pack your toothbrush and your GPS! GPS can provide information about all the points-of-interest along the way. You’ll get everything from national monuments to scenic overlooks – and everything fun in between. The GPS device will tell you the most efficient way to get there, so you won’t end up wasting a lot of money on gas.

The real value of gold jewellery

The Real Value Of Gold Jewellery

Gold has long been the accepted international standard of wealth. Even in today’s market, with gold at record highs, there is a demand for gold jewellery. Gold is the standard for wedding rings, which are more stylish than ever in an attempt to reduce the amount of gold needed to make a ring. Of course solid gold bands are always in style, but so now are lighter designs with raised bridgework and small settings that make the most of less gold in order to be affordable. On the other hand, there is also a high demand for “bling” in gold jewellery, large and flashy pieces that simply can’t be missed. Often this gold jewellery is plated, but the high demand for quality and the soaring gold prices have also brought back to popularity vermeil jewellery, or gold plating over another precious metal like silver. Advances in plating have also created a market of higher quality, or gold filled, plated gold jewellery.

Gold jewellery used to often turn up at pawn shops or estate sales, with older pieces often being large, sometimes gaudy, but of higher quality. An unfortunate side effect of the ever rising price of gold is that a lot of this heirloom quality gold jewellery is being removed from the market and melted down. This makes gold jewellery of this quality even more expensive and attractive in the current market, due to it’s dwindling availability. There is also a resurgence of older designs, large and intricate pendants, even broaches, being made by designers looking for something different. In a culture that generally values smaller as better, these flashy “bling” items are gaining popularity as they offer a feeling of originality in a market full of tried and true standards.

With so many holidays and special events marked traditionally by gold jewellery, there will always be a demand for these timeless expressions of love. Birthstone jewellery, often making use of semi-precious stones rather than more expensive precious stones, is traditionally gold jewellery. And of course Valentine’s day is another traditional time for gold, when a diamond necklace or tennis bracelet might be an appropriate gift of jewellery. And no marriage proposal is complete without an engagement ring, possibly the most common gift of gold jewellery. This of course means anniversaries, which are also often marked by a gift of jewellery. Gold is generally hypo-allergenic, so for someone with sensitive ear piercings gold might not be just preferred but necessary as a setting for a pair of earrings. Even necklaces and bracelets made of less expensive metal may irritate, making gold jewellery the only option for some.

Gold jewellery means different things for different people, whether it’s a piece handed down over generations or an upcoming new purchase. Gold is often used to express love, or as a sign of status. It can lend a feeling of security, or remind one of good times. And in hard times, it may be the financial leverage that gets you through a rough patch. Regardless of what gold jewellery means to you there is little doubt as to it’s timeless value.