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Old 06-02-2012, 11:17 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I have been toying with the idea of purchasing a GPS and I have a question. Typically I do not take interstate highways *ever* and rarely four-lane highways. I prefer to travel the smaller roads when going from point "A" to point "B".

From what I have seen of GPS systems, they route you, pretty much the most direct way. Usually, this means an interstate or other "big" highway. I am wondering if there is an "options" setting on them that allows you to exclude this kind of roadway. Also, does it give you the option to choose a route in advance (like mapping software i.e. "Streets and Trips"), whereby you can choose the way you want to go in advance of actually going there, taking side trips as desired?

Are these kinds of options available on all GPS units or just a few? I have checked online extensively and this feature does not seem to be important to people buying a GPS because I never see it mentioned.

Thanks for any information

20yrsinBranson
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:22 PM
 
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Navigon's software lets you forbid/avoid highways, toll roads, ferries, residents only streets, and HOV lanes. They're owned by Garmin, so I'm guessing the standalone units can maybe do it? Supposedly stuff from Tomtom can also do it, but I haven't tried it out.

Planning ahead is a bit of a weak point. You can set up where you want to go/which places you want to go through along the way ahead of time, but that's about it.

I would go to a store and try them out to see what will work for you. The highways thing is probably buried in the settings somewhere.
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Cartersville, GA
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I have used a few Garmin and Tom Tom products. They all seem to have features that allow you to bypass interstates and other specified types of roads.

You can always search online for manuals for a GPS you are considering. This will give you the details about avoiding these types of roads.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:31 AM
 
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How to force "Least Use of Highway" on A Garmin Nuvi (GPSmagazine.com)

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Old 06-06-2012, 09:02 AM
 
Location: on Earth
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I have been toying with the idea of purchasing a GPS and I have a question. Typically I do not take interstate highways *ever* and rarely four-lane highways. I prefer to travel the smaller roads when going from point "A" to point "B".

From what I have seen of GPS systems, they route you, pretty much the most direct way. Usually, this means an interstate or other "big" highway. I am wondering if there is an "options" setting on them that allows you to exclude this kind of roadway. Also, does it give you the option to choose a route in advance (like mapping software i.e. "Streets and Trips"), whereby you can choose the way you want to go in advance of actually going there, taking side trips as desired?

Are these kinds of options available on all GPS units or just a few? I have checked online extensively and this feature does not seem to be important to people buying a GPS because I never see it mentioned.

Thanks for any information

20yrsinBranson
I sometimes have my Garmin set so it avoids freeways. Very easy and straightforward to do.

Uh, by the way, I know you didn't ask but your GPS should have a variety of voices to choose from. I prefer the female voice with a British accent. I think I'm in love with her.
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:21 PM
 
Location: AZ
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I have been toying with the idea of purchasing a GPS and I have a question. Typically I do not take interstate highways *ever* and rarely four-lane highways. I prefer to travel the smaller roads when going from point "A" to point "B".

From what I have seen of GPS systems, they route you, pretty much the most direct way. Usually, this means an interstate or other "big" highway. I am wondering if there is an "options" setting on them that allows you to exclude this kind of roadway. Also, does it give you the option to choose a route in advance (like mapping software i.e. "Streets and Trips"), whereby you can choose the way you want to go in advance of actually going there, taking side trips as desired?

Are these kinds of options available on all GPS units or just a few? I have checked online extensively and this feature does not seem to be important to people buying a GPS because I never see it mentioned.

Thanks for any information

20yrsinBranson

I recently bought the Garmin below to replace my older Garmin. It has lifetime free map updates,bluetooth and voice command which is nice as it syncs with my Iphones contacts. You can also voice command your destination which is a great feature too.It has Route Avoidance to avoid highways which is what you're looking for.It has a ton more options and it's really easy to set up and navigate through.

Garmin nuvi 2460LMT Automobile Portable GPS Navigator 010-00903-07 - Buy Garmin GPS Devices | PCNation.com






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Uh, by the way, I know you didn't ask but your GPS should have a variety of voices to choose from. I prefer the female voice with a British accent. I think I'm in love with her.
lol...She does have a hot voice.
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Old 06-08-2012, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Isn't it also possible to map out your route (on Google maps, for instance) and load that map into the GPS?
I think I noticed that capability because I often experimentally zig zag around ordinary suggested routes, but haven't tried it yet.
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Old 06-08-2012, 05:35 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Isn't it also possible to map out your route (on Google maps, for instance)
Possible yes....

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and load that map into the GPS?
I think I noticed that capability because I often experimentally zig zag around ordinary suggested routes, but haven't tried it yet.
Maybe, jumping through some gyrations... I basically quit programming over 10 years ago. Use to program a few aviation GPS's... Get the coordinates of each point, enter them in the GPS as a route.



Rich
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