Among many reasons to use GPS tracking software and devices, personal safety is the number one goal. And the ways to achieve it differ. Modern control systems enable GPS trackers to perform driving control, children's location tracking, exact location definition while traveling, and many other tasks. Keep reading to learn how GPS tracking helps increase the safety of movement for your family members, the kinds of GPS systems companies offer, and more.
The hazards for the safety of movement usually include:
Unknown mountainous or swampy landscape when hiking or traveling,
Unfamiliar neighborhoods with parks or busy roads that you don’t know your way around,
Abandoned or, on the opposite, overly crowded places,
Official or religious institutions of foreign countries might have specific rules and paths you’ll have to follow,
Health conditions or injuries requiring special care when moving.
Actually, any place with debris, obstacles, or even a bump on the road could cause health and mobility issues, especially if it’s a new obstacle you’ve encountered in the limited visibility conditions--for example, at dusk. As you can see, the majority of threats are related to ‘unfamiliar’ places or conditions. And while people are aware of this when traveling abroad, they frequently forget about taking precautions when moving to a different city or state. However, the hazards in this case are also plentiful.
Even if you don't count the time spent, the risk of money loss remains high. No mistakes, moving on your own can be more expensive than the moving assistance companies offer. While moving on a short distance with your truck and lots of friends ready to help can be beneficial, in any other case, you should take into consideration packing supplies and moving equipment, truck rental, extra insurance, fuel, road food, hotels on the road, tolls and taxes. Only then the financial side of your risk assessment will be complete enough.
But there are more critical risks, including:
Risk of theft due to lack of organization. When moving things with a friend, we may lose sight of them between floors, around a street corner, or behind an unlocked door. Thus, not all items are under constant scrutiny unless you have the help of a large team. On the other hand, the lack of an established process slows down the process.
Risk of damaged items. It depends on the type and quantity of what you are transporting. And, of course, on your experience in packing and transporting a variety of goods.
Risk of personal injuries. Lack of experience in lifting and carrying sharp objects can result in wounding. In addition, every household has a certain amount of chemicals, medicines, and other things that can spill and cause chemical burns or poisoning.
Risk of getting lost in a new place for children and the elderly. It seems small. But at a time when everyone is busy and scattered, and the neighborhood or town is unfamiliar, it's easy for a child or an older adult to become disoriented and get lost.
And after moving alone, your family member may face risks of living alone that we described in a previous article.
Tip #1 for the safety of moving: Plan. Plan everything: the date, the vehicles, the people helping. If you decide to use the services of a moving company, order them in advance.
Tip #2 for the safety of moving: No overpacking. Too heavy boxes are never a better choice. It would help if you didn't cram as much stuff into boxes as possible, and it's not even about weight. No good will come of it if the package breaks and crumbles on the way.
Tip #3 for the safety of moving: Follow the packing instructions. To protect your fragile belongings from breakage, and yourself from injury, learn the rules of transportation and follow them. Properly stacked dishes will stay intact, and wrapped knives won't hurt you or the things around them.
Tip #4 for the safety of moving: Dress comfortably. This applies to everyone involved in the transfer process. The safety of moving and its convenience directly depend on one another.
Tip #5 for the safety of moving: Keep the children busy. While planning the move, assign roles. Make the children feel important, and at the same time, keep them occupied all the time with a safe, monotonous activity close to you. Teenagers can help realistically with the move. And for babies, it's better to bring them into a ready-to-fit apartment.
Tip #6 for the safety of moving: The fundamentals of heavy liftings. You'll still have to lift and move heavy boxes, so do it right. For example, keeping your spine alignment as neutral as possible during the process will сorrectly distribute the load on the core and leg muscles.
Tip #7 for the safety of moving: Create and keep a clear pathway. Outdoors and indoors organize the path to carry things. By removing obstacles, you will reduce the risk of injury and increase your walking speed.
Tip #8 for the safety of moving: Track all the vehicles involved. People helping you may be in town for the first time or may not know the way. In this case, GPS tracking may help better than annoying "where are you?" calls.
Tip #9 for the safety of moving: Keep an eye on your elderly relatives. Despite their desire to help, moving is stressful for them. GPS tracking also comes in handy here: at least you'll always know where the person is.
Tip #10 for the safety of moving: Insure your valuables. The sum of money you save on insurance can cause the most significant loss. So do not overestimate your ability to control: there will be enough chaos during the move, and you should take care of many things in advance.
People use GPS technology in different types of devices.
We can divide them into vehicle and equipment tracking devices and personal GPS tracking devices according to the type of application. Let's look at the devices that belong to each type and how they can help with the safety of movement.
Devices for vehicle and equipment tracking. Typically, these are small devices charging directly from the vehicle. Although, a backup battery is an advantage for them as it enables GPS tracking of the car even with a dead battery. Moving companies use such devices to ensure the safety of moving, the integrity and security of the customer's belongings, and the cost-efficiency. By calculating the optimal path and keeping to it, they reduce fuel consumption.
Personal GPS tracking devices are wearable and could be a part of a personal alert system. Some of the GPS devices can have an SOS button to call emergency services and combine this function with location tracking. For the personal safety when on the move, you can gift such devices for your kids, your elderly relatives, or even your pets — and always know their location. Wearable GPS tracking devices are on our list of useful devices for seniors.
Actually, no one does. While kids must obey their parents, adults of all ages want to stay independent all the time. Discussing the need for a personal safety device is not a simple task, but there is a way out.
The optimal solution for personal safety would be the device or software sharing the location when a person needs help, with no location history and no obtrusive monitoring.
The AllsWell Alert mobile app unobtrusively shares the person's location only when they need help. But its primary advantage is the ability to identify a dangerous situation. By combining GPS tracking with inactivity monitoring, the app will give you peace of mind about your relatives' safety.
Don't hesitate to get a free month of the AllsWell Alert personal safety & inactivity monitoring for yourself or a family member.