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Monday, 30 May 2011

Be efficient, help your friends and acquaintances find your location

Do you have a digital camera?
Why not produce a one page PDF of how to get to your home or place of work? Or two pages if you need to show a “by public transport” and a “by road”scenario? There are many free utilities that will give you a PDF driver to print to, and many programs already offer this internally.
You can include parts of a map you can scan in from your road atlas or cut and paste from Google Maps, you can photograph the approach to your road, and write simple directions that all can understand.
This can also be useful if you make a purchase on the Internet, live in a really out of the way area and are expecting delivery by van. You can then send the company the PDF to help their driver reach you.
Don’t forget to include your full postcode in case the driver has a GPS system in their vehicle. If you have SatNav (Satellite Navigation GPS) yourself, you could also include the waypoint details (Lat and Long) as well.
Apart from saving you postage in sending written directions, your friends and family will think you efficient. And what is more important, the company you are dealing with will mark you down as someone who, perhaps, knows their way around , and should get a good service!

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