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holstein13

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Posted: 08/19/14 03:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I love modern technology, but I'm not always thrilled with the routing suggestions from my Rand McNally GPS. Ideally, here's what I'd change:

1) When I'm heading to a destination, I'd like to use Major Interstate Highways first to get as close as possible, followed by State limited access highways, then state highways with medians, progressing down to trunk roads, and finally streets. I don't want to be routed along every back alley and side street just to save a couple hundred yards off the trip.

2) When I'm looking at a long trip on a highway that looks like it's 300 miles long, I don't want the GPS telling me there's a merge or change every 20 miles or so. My GPS makes it look like I'm traveling on 10 different highways when in reality, it's only one long one.

Anyone have any ideas how to configure my unit to fix these two problems? Or is there a better way. I find similar problems on my IPad with Google Maps and several other products.


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I own Garmin units (Zumo 660 for my TV and motorcycle, Edge 800 for my bikes ... as in bicycles) and in various scenarios, encountered the same challenge as you describe wanting to take a route slightly different from what the GPS wants.

If a significant diversion from where a GPS would want to route me, I will use mapping software to create a route and upload to my device (assuming your Rand McNally can do the same?). If simply an alternate route as you might see in Google Maps, I will make a few notes about the exit or road to turn on and allow the GPS to catch up with me and re-route or re-calculate.

As to the GPS jabbering about various interchanges, I keep the volume turned pretty low and rely on the visual ques on the GPS screen. Once in town where I need to be 100% focused on the road, I will have my co-pilot (who usually has her paper maps out as backup!) turn up the volume so I can hear the turn by turn navigation.

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I understand what your talking about! When I first started using a GPS, I turned off the highway I was on cause it was sounding like I needed to exit, but really it was another highway joining. Best I can tell, they all do that! My fix, I don't really trust'em!


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Always mute the sound on a GPS.

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msgtord wrote:

Always mute the sound on a GPS.

Doesn't help. Even if I mute it, the GPS still shows a change of course in the next 20 miles or so. If I have 200 miles to go, I really want to focus on the road and not worry about the GPS for 198 miles. Besides, I set the GPS to warn me if I exceed the speed limit. I like that feature.

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Not setting a GPS for the "shortest route", but rather for the "fastest route", will eliminate a lot of those back alley and cow path routes.


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I am as bumfuddled as the rest of you with GPS routing. Many times I do not need its help until I am in unfamiliar territory. However until then I am amazed at the poor routing instruction I am given by Garmin. They can add many unnecessary miles to your trip if you follow them to closely.

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I don't know of any work-arounds that would help you. And I sure understand your frustration. Every time we use the GPS (which is every time we travel) we can't believe how un-technologically advanced they are. We should be able to talk to it and tell it things - like:

Don't tell me when there is a large interchange ahead that I don't want to go on.

We'd really like to stay on the road along the lake even if we could save 1 minute by taking a different road.

We're pulling into a gas station, so don't worry your pretty little head about recalculating.


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Posted: 08/19/14 07:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dutch_12078 wrote:

Not setting a GPS for the "shortest route", but rather for the "fastest route", will eliminate a lot of those back alley and cow path routes.


Ditto X2. You need to go into settings and either choose shortest or fastest route. And there should be a setting or pop up that asks you if you want to avoid toll roads or accept toll roads. That will determine if you are up on the interstate or down on the frontage road for your trip.

Finding and fine tuning the settings eliminates all the unnecessary garbage. Some GPS settings menu's are ARE a little confusing and not user friendly.


I FINALLY found out on mine that within each icon on each page of settings there were more settings. And the description of which icon to use to change a setting are sometimes misleading, it appears not to apply to what you want to do so you don't click on them and keep searching for what you want. When in essence if you clicked on it you find more settings within it that do contain what you need!


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pasusan wrote:

I don't know of any work-arounds that would help you. And I sure understand your frustration. Every time we use the GPS (which is every time we travel) we can't believe how un-technologically advanced they are.
We should be able to talk to it and tell it things- like:

Don't tell me when there is a large interchange ahead that I don't want to go on.

We'd really like to stay on the road along the lake even if we could save 1 minute by taking a different road.

We're pulling into a gas station, so don't worry your pretty little head about recalculating.


I have a TomTom and I CAN talk to it and she understands me!
I tell here where I want to go, she programs the route. No pushing tiny little buttons entering all the info!

Mine never offers alternate routes. Could it be you all with Garmins are not programming it properly to provide a designated route?

They ONLY time mine recalculates is if "I" alter from the programmed route. Which I like a lot because if I change how I am going I don't want to have to stop and reprogram it into the unit....it recognizes that "I" alter the route and recalculates my trip based on what I have done. Especially good for accidents, detours, construction,etc.

Sure glad I bought a TomTom.

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