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"Avoid Toll" setting problem

 

Hi,
I have a Garmin Nuvi 350 and I have problems with the "Avoid tolls" setting. When I have that setting turned on, the gps leads me to places that are far from where I have to go if at least one toll is necessary to get to my destination. For example, if I am traveling from Collegeville,PA to Brooklyn, NY, I have to pass at least one toll (i.e. Holland Tunnel) to get to Brooklyn, NY. and if I have "Avoid Tolls" on, the gps leads me to some other place like Ohio, which is the opposite of where I'm suppose to go. Is it possible to get the gps to use the least amount of toll possible either through hacking into the system or by downloading a setting.

No

No, you only have the option to have "avoid tolls" on or off.

Most people seem to leave "avoid tolls" off. Otherwise, as you have discovered, the Garmin will correctly try to reroute you around the tolls, which could add hundreds of miles to your trip.

As stated..it either on or

As stated..it either on or off...

Just learn to 'manage' your route...
Let me give you an example from just this weekend.

I live in the 'burbs of chit-cago.
I was at our last race event (drag racing) in Cordova IL. Its on the IL IA border. Its a bit of a haul...

On the way back I took 88..a toll. Most of the trip is a 'whole lotta nuttin'. grin No real effective way to avoid the 1.90 tolls.
But..when I hit naperville. I bugged off to 59...(having reached 'civilization' )
I popped off the toll avoidances, recalc'd.. and I was on my way to the GF's house for the rest of the evening.
The difference? Over the additional 28 miles, there was an increase of 12 mins.(Nuvi hit it dead on on the first calc). So..at the cost of an additional 12 mins, I saved nearly 5 bux that didnt have to go in to our commie gov's pocket. grin

Again... just plan ahead. It IS tempting just to grab your navi, punch in a destination and go. But as with any trip, pre-gps as well, you need to plan.
Avoid the tolls when it works for ya. Set it to accept tolls if you know there is no other proper route.

Listen.. I'm on your side.. I hate tolls. I avoid em as much as possible. Heck, the nuvi has given me great routes around tolls that I otherwise would have paid before I owned the nuvis! And the difference in arrival times have been negligible.

On the nuvi 'wish list' thread, I believe I mentioned an option for 'quick settings' that would include avoidance settings on the fly. But I think we can live with a few additional taps to set what we need.

The GPS'rs are just 'tools'. Plan ahead, and life will be good. grin

Good luck!

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Nuvi 350 Born Oct 07 - Nuvi 660 Unit #2 (re)Born Sept 08 - Nuvi 360(Gift to 'the chick' yet maintained by myself) Born July 08

Avoid " avoid tolls.."

I would highly recommend that you don't use this setting...You could be avoiding a $2 toll and drive 400 miles out of your way..Usually a toll road is the best road between 2 points.

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Dave_ Nuvi 660 , 760,1490LMT Wooster, Ohio

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henryzx wrote:

Hi,
I have a Garmin Nuvi 350 and I have problems with the "Avoid tolls" setting. When I have that setting turned on, the gps leads me to places that are far from where I have to go if at least one toll is necessary to get to my destination. For example, if I am traveling from Collegeville,PA to Brooklyn, NY, I have to pass at least one toll (i.e. Holland Tunnel) to get to Brooklyn, NY. and if I have "Avoid Tolls" on, the gps leads me to some other place like Ohio, which is the opposite of where I'm suppose to go. Is it possible to get the gps to use the least amount of toll possible either through hacking into the system or by downloading a setting.

As the old joke goes " Just pay the $2"

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"Ceterum autem censeo, Carthaginem esse delendam" “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

you can turn it on and off

as dood notes, you can turn the setting on and off as needed during relevant portions of your trip. the unit will recalculate accordingly.

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"is it possible to found a party for those who are not sure they are right? that would be my party. in any event, I do not insult those who are not on my side. that is my only originality." — albert camus

Yea, a few years ago a

Yea, a few years ago a reporter set a PND's tolls off and went home from NYC to NJ. It turned his trip from 7mi to 211mi!

I just want for my Garmin to display the toll booths with the cost, but haven't seen and importable database.

As a workaround I just save via's as drive around, it works great here on the 95 corridor.

Yeah...

Yeah, I've turned that feature off a while back as it'll cost me more gas, time and service then paying for the toll.

Avoid Tolls

Use the Avoid Tolls setting only temporarily, to force the Garmin to go a different way than a toll road that you don't want it to take. For example, on a long trip, there may be two ways to go, one on toll roads, and the other only on free roads. The Garmin may know that the toll road saves an hour under normal conditions, but you know, either because of the tolls, or construction, or whatever, that you prefer the free route. If you don't use Avoid Tolls, your Garmin may keep recalculating to get you back to the toll road, and it can get old and annoying after awhile. Avoid Tolls may be the slap upside its head it needs to finally route you the way you want to go. I've done this. Just remember to switch off Avoid Tolls once you no longer need it, or as you now realize, it may take you hundreds of miles out of your way.

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