This seems odd..
This week while on vacation I took a ride to work(downtown chicago) and the GTM20 did a great job..but..
On the way to chicago, it got a lil backed up on 290. No alert. But this was while in the INBOUND lane. In the outbound lane there was an overturned and burnt out tanker truck. The delay was minimal, Just rubberneckers. So no biggy. I figured thats 'how it worked'.
I was only at work for 10 mins and started heading home. I already knew of the accident, and the huge backup. I was expecting to get a treat from the nuvi in regards to its traffic abilities(NOTE: I take metra to work, and rarely have to contend with traffic. So FWIW, I have never had to rely on the nuvi for traffic backups or rerouting. Odd, but true. )
When I got closer to where I knew the traffic was gonna get boned, the nuvi alerted "Severe traffic ahead", it briefly showed ":75" in a yellow alert and rerouted on its own. The odd thing was that I did not get the option of accepting the new route. I would have expected that option. (Not that I would have stayed on 290.)
It was as if Mr. Nuvi grabbed ya by the ear and said GET THE 'F' OFF THIS ROAD!
Now then, It provided a great alternative, and fast route. All the while I'm grinning and thinking 'suckers' to anybody that didnt know about the backup. (Ya.. I'm evil.. I know. )
Now then, is the nuvi supposed to offer the alternate route? Or does it unconditionally reroute you if the delay is figured to be over X minutes?
I don't know for sure, but perhaps if the route is totally blocked, it no longer considers that as a road that is usable for routing. I have never been re-routed automatically with the 660, but I've never encountered a totally blocked route.
if you set your preferences to "avoid traffic" then it will do it automatically. i unchecked that option and i get an alert on the screen like you did [ yellow triangle with the minutes delay shown ]
i touch that icon and it shows the area of delay & asks if you like to avoid it - press yes and it recalculates a new route around the problem street
AAahhh.. Thank you!
Yes. I have 'avoid traffic' enabled.
I figured that was just a 'toggle' of sorts that enables/disables traffic all together.
So..to get prompted, It seems I need to uncheck 'avoid' traffic.(?)
I absolutely HATE traffic jams, even more so when the problem is a bunch of rubber necking A-Hoes. I got an 880 a little over a month ago I haven’t activated the trail MSN Traffic because I live in an area where it’s not available.
I’m saving it for when I take my usual summer drive somewhere which is usually through large cities that are more likely to have the service and I can make better use of it..
When I come up on a traffic jam I’ll take the first exit available and take side streets till I’m well past the tie-up and then get back on.
Granted, the Garmin 880 will continue to tell me that it’s “Recalculating” as I pass one on-ramp after another until I can see that traffic is again moving freely on the highway.
Thanks to the tracking abilities of the GPS I’ve been able to by-pass many a construction/accident tie-up area and save both fuel and time in getting from point A to point B.
Not withstanding traffic, I take the same philosophy.
If I want, or think I have a better way of getting there, I'll go that way. The nuvi can yell, stop its feet and pout all it wants until I get back to where it thinks I should be going.
If I screw up? Well, the nuvi will of course put me back on track. And thats one of the nice aspects of having one. You are never dissuaded from taking a different way out of fear of getting uber-lost.
Of course in unfamiliar areas, it does a great job on its own.
These lil suckers are great tools! But I always caution that its just an 'assistant', YOU are the pilot.
With all of the negative things I've said about the 4.0/4.1 fiasco, there is one small benefit. With the .1 mile voice lag I can make quick detours and the voice takes a while to figure out what I've done!!
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