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  1. #1
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    Default GPS keeps track of mileage

    I just discovered that my GPS keeps track of where I go during my day and I can use this in place of my paper log for tax records! I put every inspection address I go to in my GPS and it has been keeping up with them for the entire year!

    It logs the date, address, latitude/longitude/ how long it took to drive and even the estimated amount of gas it took.
    I have a Garmin Nuvi 1390

    This is a major time saver as I do not have to keep the log book for the miles driven. It downloads into an Excel spreadsheet.

    Plug you GPS in to your computer. Let it load and then open the GPS just like a flashdrive. Click on Reports and see what you have!

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    Scott Patterson, ACI
    Spring Hill, TN
    www.traceinspections.com

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    Default Re: GPS keeps track of mileage

    Good info. Scott, thanks for sharing. I was thinking about buying a GPS.


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    Default Re: GPS keeps track of mileage

    Quote Originally Posted by Trent Tarter View Post
    Good info. Scott, thanks for sharing. I was thinking about buying a GPS.
    Once you get one Trent, you'll wonder how you got by without it.

    "It takes a big man to cry. It takes an even bigger man to laugh at that man". - Jack Handey

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    Default Re: GPS keeps track of mileage

    Plus you can prove to your wife that you didn't spend two hours at the bar.

    If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.

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    Default Re: GPS keeps track of mileage

    I need to replace my old GPS with one that has forever maps.
    Lon, the downside is the wife CAN find out when you have spent 2 hours at a bar. There's no hiding!


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    Default Re: GPS keeps track of mileage

    Lon, the downside is the wife CAN find out when you have spent 2 hours at a bar. There's no hiding!
    She already has an app on your phone for that!

    Jim Luttrall
    www.MrInspector.net
    Plano, Texas

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    Default Re: GPS keeps track of mileage

    You have to park 5 blocks away from the bar. The upside is that you are fit to drive by the time you find your car to go home.

    If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.

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    Default Re: GPS keeps track of mileage

    I thought it was more believable to write down mileage in a book with different pens, writing, etc...

    Bruce Thompson, Lic. #9199
    www.TylerHomeInspector.com
    Home Inspections in the Tyler and East Texas area

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    Default Re: GPS keeps track of mileage

    We use Microsoft Streets and Trips. It lays out the total driving time and mileage, and and how much to bill the client for travel time and mileage.

    When I'm on the road and need to find directions to a new client, I use an app called Navigator in my Droid cell phone. Another app changes the cell phone into a bright flashlight. I also store useful lookups of the IRC and NEC in the cell.

    We've also used cell phones to flash video form one inspection site to another to get help on a particular item of question. Always good to have another set of eyes, even if that other set is several hundred miles away.


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    Default Re: GPS keeps track of mileage

    Scott - Thanks!! Who knew???

    I love my GPS and can't go anywhere without it. Now I have other uses for it.
    Great info.

    Ken Amelin
    Cape Cod's Best Inspection Services
    www.midcapehomeinspection.com

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