Strange Directions from my Garmin

 

I was in Austin, TX this week and being totally unfamiliar with the area I was dependent on my GPS unit. All was going well until she had me exit the freeway, stop at the light then proceed to reenter the freeway. I got specific instructions for both the exit and entry ramp. After that all was fine. Have you ever seen this?

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John B - Garmin 765T

Yes

A few other people here have shared their experience of this happening to them.

I have had it happen but I knew where I was and ignored it. Ever since then if I'm on an unfamiliar freeway I always tap the top bar to see where it will want me to go next and see it wants me back on the freeway and then ignore it.

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Nuvi 2460LMT

Not a new occurrence

When passing a city I have had Garmin maps wanting to take me to the center of the city, then back to the freeway.

Yeah, there's a place on the New Jersey Turnpike

A couple years ago I had to travel the New Jersey Turnpike frequently, and there was this spot where the GPS directed me to get off, do some silly loop and get back on the New Jersey Turnpike in the same direction.

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GPSMAP64s, iPhone XR w/Garmin North America, Yaesu VX-8R w/GPS.

quite common

John.jcb wrote:

I was in Austin, TX this week and being totally unfamiliar with the area I was dependent on my GPS unit. All was going well until she had me exit the freeway, stop at the light then proceed to reenter the freeway. I got specific instructions for both the exit and entry ramp. After that all was fine. Have you ever seen this?

This usually happens when the highway makes a curve towards the right and there is an exit/access road on the same side. The unit doesn't consider exit ramps or access roads any different than the man line so the distance is infinitesimally shorter and, since it "is part of" the main line you should be able to travel it at the same speed. So therefore, it is "faster."

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Illiterate? Write for free help.

Bad Directions

John.jcb wrote:

I was in Austin, TX this week and being totally unfamiliar with the area I was dependent on my GPS unit. All was going well until she had me exit the freeway, stop at the light then proceed to reenter the freeway. I got specific instructions for both the exit and entry ramp. After that all was fine. Have you ever seen this?

Yesterday I was in Houston and missed my turn and the GPS wanted me to go two or three more exits than was necessary to turn around I ignored it and my u turn sooner.

Sounds like...

That sounds like the kind of directions the google navigation gives me on my phone!

Try AAA for that to occur

jjen wrote:

When passing a city I have had Garmin maps wanting to take me to the center of the city, then back to the freeway.

This is one of the problems I have with TripTiks. They always do that.

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NUVI 660, Late 2012 iMac, Macbook 2.1 Fall 2008, iPhone6 , Nuvi 3790, iPad2

Cheyenne WY loop de loop

Last year I was heading into Cheyenne WY looking for my motel...unfortunately the motel was at the intersection of two freeways. My Garmin had me exiting and u-turning multiple times on the wrong freeway interchange. Construction and the intersecting freeways had really put old Emily in a tough spot. Finally I spotted the motel sign and figured it out...otherwise I would still be looping around grin

Yes, too many mistakes.

Yes, the routine has too many mistakes. I live in toronto, when I drive on freeway, I turn off the navigate. Of course, I know how to drive.

It happens...

It happened to me in Milwaukee. Everything was fine until we got into downtown Milwaukee and then the GPS lost its mind. It had me going in circles, wanting to get on an expressway and get back off and go in circles, didn't know the right exit numbers, etc. Once I got out of the downtown area it as okay again.

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Nuvi 765T, Nuvi 2350LMT

I've seen this in Chicago...

I've seen this in Chicago... Northbound, Leaving Loop, on 94, I got on Express Lanes, and they were backed up (Lifetime Traffic alerted me to slowdown)... In reaction to this, Garmin suggested I get off Express Lanes, to local lanes, and proceeded to tell me to exit each exit, and re-enter after traffic light.
(I couldn't, I was on express lanes...) but this continued all the way to the Edens/Kennedy Junction...
I took Edens, and so did route....

This happened on the last version of maps, not the current one.....

Actually it was Quite funny at the time, but we wondered if it was a fluke or ?????

I guess it is a ?????

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A 2689LMT in both our cars that we love... and a Nuvi 660 with Lifetime Maps that we have had literally forever.... And a 2011 Ford Escape with Nav System that is totally ignored!

yep

I was in a dangerous part of the city, reason being I exited the expressway to avoid a back-up. The nuvi 660 had me driving around in a circle, pretty amazing. I think these gps units still react faster than a Droid phone, but eventually, they'll be obsolete because of this notion that you have to constantly update this and that, while the newer devices are connected. LTE is here as of Sunday, coworker said 4 mbps UP, 65ms latency.