Better directions than Garmin?

Discussion in 'Garmin GPS' started by Brewerpaul, Oct 9, 2020.

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    Brewerpaul

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    This is for anyone who has owned both Garmin and Tom Tom stand alone car GPS.

    Which do you find gives better directions? My Garmin SmartDrive 61 LMT seems to being getting senile. It keeps giving me TERRIBLE directions. It will take me off a highway,through a little town, then back on the same highway. Instead of having me simply make a permitted left turn, it may take me a quarter mile further down the road,around the block in a residential neighborhood, back towards my destination on the original road, and them make a right into the parking lot.

    This unit is several years old. Do they go bad?

    Maps and software are updated, route preference set for shortest time. Thanks.
     
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    It's very difficult to say which satnav maker does a better job, they all have a formula that is used to calculate a route, this is usually based on progressing from sideroards to bigger roads where possible and then back down to sideroads again, the formula can be changed a little with user preferences like Shortest, Quickest, avoid Highways etc. and obviously the maps have to be accurate


    Satnavs are kept up to date with map updates, I can't think of any reason for it 'going bad', are you sure your preferences are not set to 'Shortest Distance' rather than 'Shortest Time'?, this could account for leaving a highway and then rejoining it, also any options like 'Avoid Highways' or ' Prefer Sideroads' will make a difference
     
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    Thanks for the reply. I've double and triple checked my navigation options and they are definitely set correctly.
     
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