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Re: [Shop-talk] Another wandering off-topic.....GPS

To: Gerald Brazil <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Another wandering off-topic.....GPS
From: Brian Kemp <>
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 16:08:24 -0800
Cc: shop-talk <>
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Gerald - Lots of us share your annoyance with Garmin.  I have a Nuvi 
(265 I think).   I always try and look at a map first.  I also use 
fastest time setting, but for me, it thinks Pacific Coast Highway 
through Long Beach, CA with traffic lights and congestion is faster than 
driving a little bit further on the freeway at 75mph (non-peak traffic).

I think the issue is that it ignores red light stoppage time and assumes 
you will travel the speed limit unless there is a traffic delay.

I've also noticed that Garmin traffic tends to lag behind reality. When 
I'm going home at the tail end of traffic, I tend to ignore Garmin's 
warnings about congestion ahead, but pay more attention when traffic 
starts to back up.

Before leaving work, I normally check traffic on Google Maps as Los 
Angeles traffic is a mess, but I have yet to move to a smart phone, so 
Ms. Nuvi still keeps me company.

If I could make another reprogramming suggestion to the GPS 
manufactures, I'd also have then say "you missed the turn.  Make a 
U-turn now."  Instead, it tries to route me on a collection of streets 
to drive around the block.


On 12/12/2012 10:02 AM, Gerald Brazil wrote:
> I have a Garmin Nuvi 255w and it does one annoying thing that I haven't
> figured out how to beat. I hope the crowd intelligence of this group can
> help. Let me give you a recent example...
> We were traveling northbound on I 65 headed toward Nashville, TN. Our
> destination for the evening was White House, TN, about 15 miles north of
> Nashville. I had my settings set to "fastest time". As we got near Nashville
> toward the end of evening rush the "Lady-in-the Box" routed me through a
> very busy downtown Nashville with 2 or 3 expressway changes. It would have
> been a lot easier on my nerves to just stay on I 65 and skirt around
> Nashville and wind up where I wanted. I think if I had been set on "shortest
> distance" I would have probably got the same result but I am not sure. Is
> there any other way to avoid downtown congestion?
> Is the only solution."buy a more expensive GPS?"
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