Smart & Connected Life Connected Car Tech 22 22 people found this article helpful How to Use Your Car GPS in Pedestrian Mode by Fred Zahradnik Freelance Contributor Former Lifewire writer Fred Zahradnik has a long history as a writer and is considered an expert on all things related to GPS products and software. our editorial process Fred Zahradnik Updated on February 10, 2020 Trevor Adeline / Getty Images Connected Car Tech Android Auto Apple Carplay Navigation Tweet Share Email Most portable in-car GPS receivers have a pedestrian (or walking) mode. The pedestrian mode optimizes your route for walking; most even adjust arrival times to match walking rather than driving speeds. When You're Walking Rather Than Driving Use your portable GPS for walking just as you would for driving. Select your destination by entering the address or searching for a point of interest, and start your route. You will receive text and spoken directions just as if you were behind the wheel. Entering Pedestrian Mode Consult your GPS model's user manual for directions on how to select pedestrian mode. For example: Starting from the main menu in the Garmin line, touch Tools > Settings > System > Usage mode > Pedestrian > OK.In the TomTom line, select your destination, then choose Walking as your route type. GPS Receivers for Hiking Car GPS navigators are useful for street navigation, but they do not have maps suitable for off-road walking navigation unless they are special "crossover" models such as the Magellan CrossoverGPS or the Garmin Nuvi 500. If you plan to do extensive off-road hiking, you will be better off with a handheld GPS receiver. Car GPS receivers typically don't offer long battery life (usually just one to three hours). If you're on a long walk, turn on the GPS when you need direction, then turn it off to conserve battery life.