GPS with "fewest turns" option

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    Frank1492

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    Does anyone make one, preferably with voice recognition?
    I am sick and tired of taking back roads with frequent turns when major highways would get me there almost as fast.
    Thanks for help.
    Frank
     
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    Although I can't say I've seen 'Fewest Turns' option, there are similar Navigation options available on Sat-Navs. As a general rule Sat-Navs try to plan a route that goes up in road size and then descends again in road size near the destination, I quite often select 'Avoid Motorways' unless I am travelling hundreds of miles, because I find Sat-Navs seem to go out of there way to get to a motorway only to leave it one or two junctions later, when it's not worth the bother. The kind of Navigational options I have seen include :-

    Avoid Unpaved roads / Tracks
    Avoid Changing roads
    Minimize Turns

    Although some of these are more common on Smartphone Navigation Apps.

    There is quite a selection of Voice activated Sat--Navs available, including :-

    Garmin Nuvi 2597
    TomTom Via 135
    TomTom Go 510
     
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    Thank you. A wealth of info. If the Nuvi 2597 has a " minimize turns" option I will surely consider it.
    Why don't you think the "minimize turns" option is what I am looking for?
    I know my Smartphone can do all this but I don't like wasting airtime.
     
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    I think 'Minimize Turns' is what you are looking for, I placed it last on the list because I have only seen this on a Smart Phone Apps. the User manual for the 2597 (Link HERE), only seems to say this about changing routes (Page 8) :-

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    You could plot / edit a route on a computer and then download it to your Sat-Nav, but that is a bit of a long winded way to get what you want
     
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    This is why I would think Garmin and others would be struggling. They have an edge only in that they don't use air time.
    Do you recall which app has a "minimize turns" option? The 2597 obviously won't. Thanks again.
     
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    I am sure I have seen 'Minimize Turns' in the Waze App. in the past, however I think the version I have on my smartphone must have updated itself, because I can't see it now, there is a website that describes it here (Click link)

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    If you are thinking of using a Smart phone App., it's worth remembering that although Waze uses on-line maps, there are Apps. that download maps to your phone so you don't need a link to the internet to use them, i.e. no 'Air-Time', they include OsmAnd and MapsMe
     
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    This is something they desperately need to implement as an option... especially important if you're driving bigger vehicles with trailers, etc.

    There's a particularly interesting little bug (ok, not really a bug) that happens near where I live... the main highway has a parallel road through a town.. both have a 50kph speed limit, but the GPS must calculate the parallel road to be about 2 feet shorter in distance and it tells you to take it...
     
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