When the GPS Window system is used with a Garmin Personal Navigational Device, it is no longer viewed as “big brother” but as a friend. You will want to have the system operational because it makes your job easier. My goal with this video is to help you get the maximum benefit from using the GPS Window. We all want safety, reduced drive time, less down time, and increased productivity. This system will help you drive safer, drive less, and make more money.
Turning on the Garmin
When the Garmin unit is powered up, you will see an icon in the upper right corner, which means that the Garmin unit is establishing communication with the Famhost server system. Please wait for the icon to disappear. It is usually under a minute. If you leave the Garmin plugged in at night and just turn it off at the switch on top, the unit will continue to communicate with the servers, so there is no need to wait. Most drivers just put the Garmin under some papers on their dash and leave it plugged in. If the icon is present, the unit isn’t able to receive jobs or send messages. If you clock in before the icon is gone, your time stamp won’t be recorded.
Adjusting the Volume
If you are familiar with the general vicinity of the job, you may want to down or mute the turn by turn instructions, especially if they want to go a different way than the Garmin wants to go. That way you don’t have to listen to the Garmin’s “Recalculating” message. Be sure to watch the video “Navigating to a Jobsite” for tips on how to use the Garmin routing.
Tools>Settings>System | The “System” icon enables you to set the “Units” to either Miles or Kilometers and the Keyboard Layout to either Alpha or Qwerty. We’ve found that most of our drivers prefer the Alpha Layout. The “About” button provides you with the Unit ID number, Model Number, Software and Map versions.
Tip: If you click the return arrow in the lower left corner of the screen, it will return to the previous screen. If you hold it down, it will take you all the way back to the main menu from any screen in the Garmin.
Tools>Settings>Navigation | The “Navigation” icon enables you to set the way that the Garmin will route you. “Shorter Distance” usually works for drivers making urban service calls, but you may want to experiment. Other options are “Faster Time” “Less Fuel” and “Off Road.” If you have job sites that are not on a map like new construction sites, the “Off Road” setting might work best. JaRay calculates the Lat-Long of the address and sends that directly to the Garmin and can update jobsites that have no physical address.
If desired, you can also set up Avoidances so that the unit will route you around: U-Turns, Highways, Toll Roads, Ferries, Carpool Lanes, and Unpaved Roads. This is helpful if your vehicle has size or weight restrictions or can’t drive on certain road types.
Tools>Settings>Display |The “Display” icon. The Color Mode changes the screen for daylight or night time use. We recommend that you leave it in “Auto” and the unit will adjust automatically. The Screen Shot Mode will put an icon on the screen that the driver can use to capture a specific screen on the Garmin for diagnostics. The default is “Disabled.” The Brightness can be set to the driver’s preference.
Tools>Settings>Time | Set your preferred time format to either 12-Hour or 24 “Military” time. UTC time (Greenwich Mean Time). It is a worldwide time standard that we use for our calculations. JaRay operates with either 12 hour or 24 hour time formats.
Tools>Settings>Language |The “Language” icon enables you to change the voices of the Garmin navigator. I’m partial to Karen and her Australian accent. She also doesn’t have a condescending “Recalculating” when I make a wrong turn.
Tools>Settings>Map | There are a couple of changes that I recommend on your map settings. The Map Detail should be set to “Most” and the Map Data Layout should be set to “More Data.” You will have to push the down arrow on the right to see the More Data option. With the default map option, the map takes up the entire screen. The “More Data” option gives the driver four more data inputs on the right side of the map that can be set for Direction of Travel, Elevation, Time of Day, Arrival to Jobsite in Miles, Arrival to Jobsite in time, and Speed / with current posted speed if available. We recommend that the other options be left at their default values. You can click on the data inputs when the map is displayed to change them. You will have different options depending on whether a job has been dispatched to you or not.
Tools>Settings>Security | Garmin has a security feature that locks your device. Garmin’s anti-theft feature disables the unit from performing any functions until a specific 4-digit PIN is typed in or the unit is taken to a predetermined location. Simply enter a 4-digit PIN and select a Security Location. Each time you turn on the GPS, you have to enter your PIN to unlock the GPS. If you forget your PIN, you can go to your Security Location.
If you do decide to use a PIN, be sure to make sure that your office knows what it is and has it recorded. If you don’t know the PIN or your Security Location, you will have to send your unit to Garmin to get it unlocked. My personal feeling is that it is better not to use the Lock. It’s a pain to have to enter the PIN every time you get into the truck. I recommend that you just hide the unit under some papers or out of site. Whether you have the Garmin Lock installed or not, a thief can still steal it; they just won’t be able to use it. At that point, the cow is out of the barn. It is doubtful that the thief will return it to you just because he can’t use it and you would have to enter the PIN every time you turn on the unit. Personally, I really hate entering passwords.
Replacement units are not that expensive compared to the cost of most of the other tools and parts that your driver carries in his truck. If theft is a concern, you should consider installing the optional AlarmNGo alarm system which has a flashing LED and siren. The AlarmNGo is a great theft deterrent and alerts your office and driver that someone is tampering with your vehicle or even tools outside of the vehicle.