You may know that you can use Google Maps to plan your trips. But there are some cool things you can do that make it even more useful.
When going someplace unfamiliar, put in the address to get the exact location. One of the options you may see on the map or in a pop up box is “Street View.” When you click on Street View you will see photographs of the buildings on each side of the street. You can drag the cursor to move to another place, or click on the arrows to look left or right.
Using Street View can help you determine what the exterior of the business you are going to looks like, as well as finding nearby landmarks that will make it easier to navigate.
Although Street View is not available everywhere, you may be surprised at how much coverage there is, even in residential areas.
Did you know that you can override route that Google Maps suggests? For example, when going through Houston, Google often routes me on the West Loop freeway, where traffic is awful. I change the route to one I prefer, and still have detailed directions and mileage, as well as a useful map. To change the route, put the cursor over the route. A small circle will appear, and a text box that says, “Drag to change route.” Just drag the circle to your preferred route, and the map will instantly change.
Google Maps can be useful when planning mystery shopping trips, or just going somewhere unfamiliar. Becoming better acquainted with its features will help you get more out of it. You can access Google Maps at http://maps.google.com/