Avoiding tolls!!!

 

Well i came back from Arizona on Saturday. I flew into Buffalo. Picked up my truck and set my gps to "Home" and started driving. After about 10 kilometers or so i got the feeling i was going the wrong way! So i pressed the bottom right of screen to see the turn by turn and realized i was going way out of my way. So i typed in my address this time. Same thing happened!! Now I'm like what the!!
Well i turned it off and proceeded to find my own way home. Boy does that take some time to remember which way to go as you get so used to these little devices. Anyways while driving I'm looking at my gps settings! And low and behold i find it was set to avoid toll roads! Now going from Buffalo to Georgetown Ontario is nearly imposable with out having to pay some sort of toll. So my gps was bring me all over the place crossing the border out in Kingston Ontario turning a 1 1/2 hour drive into a 8 hour drive.
These are great units but they don't have common sense! I would have found the problem quicker if i wasn't so tired from flying all day.
But as they say live and learn.
So when your gps is doing some weird and crazy stuff there is usually a very simple answer.

PS. the red light camera and speed cameras worked great out in Arizona for me. Thanks to all involved!

Just thought id share that with everybody!

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Thank you for reminding us

Thank you for reminding us about the 'avoiding tolls'. Even though we have no tolls here in Arizona, I set my gpsr so that it will NOT avoid toll, just so that when I am in that situation, I will not forget.

Got nailed in scottsdale on

Got nailed in scottsdale on the 101

unfortunately problem is BKAC

irish fx4 wrote:

these are great units but they don't have common sense!

iirc, the plug-in port for common sense is usually somewhere between keyboard and chair! mrgreen

just last week i was wondering why my unit was trying to steer me the wrong way down one-way streets. luckily it only took me 15 mins to remember i'd left the thing in pedestrian mode.

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Don't tell me......

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Got nailed in scottsdale on the 101

They put a toll booth up on the 101????

No tolls in AZ

Glad I read this thread. Will be in AZ for a few weeks and didn't realize there are no tolls. Now I won't bother with toll settings. (And won't speed or run red lights either.) Thanks!

Do your self a favor.

wjs2 wrote:

Glad I read this thread. Will be in AZ for a few weeks and didn't realize there are no tolls. Now I won't bother with toll settings. (And won't speed or run red lights either.) Thanks!

Yep its great!!
But there is lots of speed cameras and red light cameras. So do yourself a big favor and get the red light camera file. It will save your butt for the times you don't pay attention to your speed.
Enjoy Arizona! What a beautiful place. I love going there on vacation.

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I know the feeling

I almost did the same thing traveling in NY state. Toll off and on function made so much time/distance difference. I double checked all my options and avoid toll option was turned on. Saved myself 3 hours of unneeded driving by going with toll road.

Here in the chicago area, I

Here in the chicago area, I run with 'avoid tolls' turned ON.
More often than not the nuvi will calc a route that is typically no more than a few miles/minutes longer than taking the toll roads.
And because I REFUSE to buy an ez-pass(big bro tracking/revenue device), the nuvi is GOLD for me.

Only when I'm in a hurry or can't find a better route will I turn on tolls.

And ya know what? Considering the traffic, constant construction(cuz IL can't build a road that will last more than 2 years or feed the unions enough), taking surface roads I end up at my destination sooner about 40% of the time.

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Tolls in the Chicago ares

dood wrote:

Here in the chicago area, I run with 'avoid tolls' turned ON.

I drove through the Chicago area a couple years ago. The backups on the freeways was all due to the number of people clogging all the lanes before the toll booths. I have an EZ Pass and once we got to the toll plaza, I just zipped right through while everyone else was throwing change, I was a couple miles down the road.

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re: Avoiding tolls!!!

Haha, sorry to hear about your minor issue with the toll setting of your gps. I've used the avoid toll setting once then decided to go ahead and got an EZ-Pass since it wasted so much of my time. Now I love the avoid toll setting only when it's off. wink

Avoid Toll

LongAce wrote:

Now I love the avoid toll setting only when it's off. wink

I too found out that when the "Avoid Toll" is turned on sometimes Garmin does routes that would not make sense as you end up driving many miles extra. I think it all depends on the available routes near the toll.

avoiding tolls

Has anyone set the GPS to avoid tools - when there was no way to avoid tolls? I tried to see what would happen when traveling from upstate NY to Long Island. There is no way to get to the island without a toll. I got to 99% calculating and then it just hung. Never completed the route. Once I removed the avoid tolls completed in mere seconds.

Same Problem conming back from Branson

I did exactly the same thing. Why was it taking me through part of Gary, Indiana?

I had it plotted to stay of the Indiana Toll Road, but I would have been better off to pay the couple of tolls and avoid the city tour, that I got.

It all goes to show. You still have to have a sense of where you should go. Don't just rely on the GPS

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Yes you can!

jaygorman wrote:

I tried to see what would happen when traveling from upstate NY to Long Island. There is no way to get to the island without a toll.

That's not true. It's not easy, but it's possible. Get on the Major Deegan Expressway down the west side of The Bronx (which you can reach from Westchester/Upstate without tolls) and take any one of a number of bridges into Manhattan (such as the Macombs Dam Bridge or 3rd Avenue Bridge) and jump on the Harlem River Drive/FDR Drive southbound. Then take the Queensboro Bridge (aka the 59th Street Bridge) into Queens. Although Queens residents may deny it, you will now be on Long Island and free of tolls.

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Tolls

dood wrote:

Here in the chicago area, I run with 'avoid tolls' turned ON.
More often than not the nuvi will calc a route that is typically no more than a few miles/minutes longer than taking the toll roads.
And because I REFUSE to buy an ez-pass(big bro tracking/revenue device), the nuvi is GOLD for me.

Only when I'm in a hurry or can't find a better route will I turn on tolls.

And ya know what? Considering the traffic, constant construction(cuz IL can't build a road that will last more than 2 years or feed the unions enough), taking surface roads I end up at my destination sooner about 40% of the time.

We just started ez-pass here in Ohio and the powers that be are offering half price tolls to those who sign up.
I am not sure if it applies to Ohio only or will it cost less to drive through other states.

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Ohio only

PastorMC wrote:

We just started ez-pass here in Ohio and the powers that be are offering half price tolls to those who sign up.
I am not sure if it applies to Ohio only or will it cost less to drive through other states.

The "sale" is Ohio only but you will save in other states as well. Many give a discount for toll tags. Some are more than others, but they all save time. MD joined some other states and started charging a monthly fee for holders of a Maryland EZ-Pass. I turned mine in and got one in VA. They don't charge for keeping your money.

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EZ Pass

Cash tolls are double the EZ tolls and with very few cash lanes. Illinois has made a transponder almost a neccesity. My extended family in western Illinois share one EZ transponder for occasional trips to Chicago. My sis was originally reimbursed for it by her former employer. Illinois will not refund an unused balance.
EDIT: I meant I-PASS

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Illinois version of "half-price" tolls

PastorMC wrote:

We just started ez-pass here in Ohio and the powers that be are offering half price tolls to those who sign up.
I am not sure if it applies to Ohio only or will it cost less to drive through other states.

Illinois also instituted half-price tolls for those with I-PASS. The way Illinois did it was to DOUBLE the price of tolls when using cash. So I guess electronic tolls are now "technically" half-price.

Here in IL

PastorMC wrote:
dood wrote:

Here in the chicago area, I run with 'avoid tolls' turned ON.
More often than not the nuvi will calc a route that is typically no more than a few miles/minutes longer than taking the toll roads.
And because I REFUSE to buy an ez-pass(big bro tracking/revenue device), the nuvi is GOLD for me.

Only when I'm in a hurry or can't find a better route will I turn on tolls.

And ya know what? Considering the traffic, constant construction(cuz IL can't build a road that will last more than 2 years or feed the unions enough), taking surface roads I end up at my destination sooner about 40% of the time.

We just started ez-pass here in Ohio and the powers that be are offering half price tolls to those who sign up.
I am not sure if it applies to Ohio only or will it cost less to drive through other states.

Here in the peoples republic of IL, the home of community organizer 'n cheif...They charge DOUBLE if you dont have your g'ment issued tracking device...errr..ipass.

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Hey!

dood wrote:

Here in the peoples republic of IL, the home of community organizer 'n cheif...They charge DOUBLE if you dont have your g'ment issued tracking device...errr..ipass.

ACORN has to get its funds from someplace now that the Feds aren't so generous.

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Same goes for PA

dood wrote:

Here in the chicago area, I run with 'avoid tolls' turned ON.
More often than not the nuvi will calc a route that is typically no more than a few miles/minutes longer than taking the toll roads.
And because I REFUSE to buy an ez-pass(big bro tracking/revenue device), the nuvi is GOLD for me.

Only when I'm in a hurry or can't find a better route will I turn on tolls.

And ya know what? Considering the traffic, constant construction(cuz IL can't build a road that will last more than 2 years or feed the unions enough), taking surface roads I end up at my destination sooner about 40% of the time.

I have been interviewing for another position in the Pittsburgh, PA area. In fact I have to go up again on the 4th and will be sure to select the "Tolls Avoidance" for this.

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Now THAT'S Funny..

aarrgghh wrote:

just last week i was wondering why my unit was trying to steer me the wrong way down one-way streets. luckily it only took me 15 mins to remember i'd left the thing in pedestrian mode.

You've got to admit.. Now THAT'S Funny!! laugh out loud

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Toll Roads.

When I had my first GPS I tried to simulate a trip from Ontario to Indiana. I couldn't believe when it wanted to take me on a 2000 ml. detour around Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. There are two toll bridges between our departure and destination points. I couldn't figure out why it would do that until a friend told me to turn off toll roads.
Oh well.

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In this case, I like Navigon

In this case, I like Navigon better than Garmin.

Because it has options like Avoid, Forbid & Allow in Tolls.

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Sounds like...

Sounds like my wife! smile

(Not seriously...but I couldn't resist the opportunity)

kmo wrote:

...it has options like Avoid, Forbid & Allow in Tolls.

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Not quite...

a_user wrote:
dood wrote:

Here in the peoples republic of IL, the home of community organizer 'n cheif...They charge DOUBLE if you dont have your g'ment issued tracking device...errr..ipass.

ACORN has to get its funds from someplace now that the Feds aren't so generous.

Not quite...

The commiecrats just can't help themselves..

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December 9th

Dems Vote to Allow Federal Funding for Corrupt ACORN
by Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)

Last night, defying the will of a bipartisan majority of the House and Senate, Democrats voted to allow the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) to receive federal taxpayer dollars.

In September, large Congressional majorities in both houses voted to sever all ties between the federal government and ACORN. The Senate vote was 85-11; the House vote was 345-75. You’d think that those votes, which USA Today described as prohibiting “any federal funding for the community organizing group,” would have settled the matter. You’d be wrong.

Months later, with the country’s focus on jobs, healthcare, and the Global War on Terror, Democrats are moving to restore funding to ACORN. Last night, Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) offered an amendment during deliberations on the Democrats’ massive year-end appropriations bill to clarify the prohibition on federal funds going to ACORN or its subsidiaries. That amendment was shot down on a 5-9 party line vote as Republicans sided with taxpayers while Democrats stood with ACORN.

Rep. Latham’s amendment is necessary to prevent taxpayer money from going to ACORN because the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice has taken advantage of a legal loophole to allow ACORN to continue to receive federal funds – despite the passage of the House GOP’s Defund ACORN Act in the fall.

The American people and the Congress have spoken loud and clear: ACORN should be denied any taxpayer funds. Period.

ACORN has already received far too much money from the American people. An analysis of federal data by the Office of the Republican Leader staff determined that ACORN has received more than $53 million in direct funding from the federal government since 1994, and has likely received substantially more indirectly through states and localities that receive federal block grants.

Enough is enough. The American people are tired of seeing their tax dollars wasted on an organization accused of serious crimes – and that’s why House Republicans are stepping up efforts to defund ACORN once and for all.

Linky: http://biggovernment.com/2009/12/09/dems-vote-to-allow-feder...
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Sorry... I had to post this..
After all, its not like you get this info on abcbsnbcmsnbcnytimes....

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I'm confused...

dood wrote:

Not quite...

What does this have to do with my GPS?

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Yes!!

Quote:

Dood wrote:

Enough is enough. The American people are tired of seeing their tax dollars wasted on an organization accused of serious crimes......

I couldn't agree more!!! That's why we need to cut off ANY and ALL funding to Blackwater, Halliburton, etc ASAP, and throw the people responsible for hiring them into prison!!!

NP

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Let me help you...

ORnonprophet wrote:
Quote:

Dood wrote:

Enough is enough. The American people are tired of seeing their tax dollars wasted on an organization accused of serious crimes......

I couldn't agree more!!! That's why we need to cut off ANY and ALL funding to Blackwater, Halliburton, etc ASAP, and throw the people responsible for hiring them into prison!!!

NP

(Egads!! Still?? The halliburton meme???)

I couldn't agree more!!! That's why we need to cut off ANY and ALL funding to ACORN, the EPA appointee, etc ASAP, and throw the people responsible for hiring them into prison!!!

There..I fixed that for ya...

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Check politics and superstitions at your login.

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How do we

Go from the original subject, to a political subject....give it a rest

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I agree

I agree just take your political views somewhere else as they are not welcome here!

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way to bypass tolls on route?

yes no?

bypass tolls on route

It's possible. Stop a route before you get to a toll area and set the Avoid Tolls option. Recalculate the route. Once you are past the toll area, stop the route again, reset the option and restart the route.

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Smart Idea. I always use the

Smart Idea.

On my Navigon, I always use the "Avoid toll" option.

Most of the time, it avoids the toll road (actually, all the time for me)

There is always the option "forbid" to strictly avoid tolls

Same thing happened to me in

Same thing happened to me in ATL. I was directed all over the place only to find out I had 'avoid tolls' on as well. Things went fine as soon as I allowed tolls.

Not exactly the same story,

Not exactly the same story, but I once updated my maps and forgot to include Delaware (so small I did not notice it). Well the next trip, I was traveling from NY to Baltimore (a 4 hour trip) and getting estimates of something like 6 hours, and a crazy route. I finally figured that it was routing me to avoid the entire state....

Avoiding states

How did you do that, there are a few states I would like to avoid smile

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