I wanted to navigate home from college this weekend. The GPS gave me a route. But I saw a different route on google maps. Even when I hit the alternate route button it still did not give me the google map route. I printed it up and followed it until I got to where the GPS picked up the remainder of the route. How can I add this for the future?
There are a couple of ways that you can force a specific route. If it is a one-time thing you could use
and then set a waypoint, or perhaps you could use
Avoid part of route
to avoid a route segment.
For special routes that you may want to use repeatedly, check out
I have only tinkered with the itinerary planning feature, so I can't claim to be an expert on it. The following link may be helpful
Itinerary planning is easy, but I recommend you do it before you get in the car to start your travel. If you know you want to travel via certain towns, then enter those towns either as a waypoint (which forces the route to go through that town) or a destination (which will give you time/distance information to that point).
The way TT works, you add waypoints (WP)/ destinations in the order in which you will travel through them. Each new WP will automatically be entered at the end of the route. If you decide to want to move a new WP between two existing WPs, then use the "Move Up" button to place the WP in the proper sequence. [Or you could use the "Move Down" button to move an existing WP below one entered later.] The WP will only move up once per try (newer TTs may have fixed this), so you will need to repeat this as many times as necessary to get it in the proper sequence.
You can always change waypoints to destinations or visa-versa as often as you want until you have passed that town.
The reason to have an intermediate point as a destination is that you will get time/distance remaining to that point. That is handy if you intend to stop there for gas/food/etc.
I like to take the back roads when I have the time, so I will set up an itinerary before I leave. I plan approximately where I want to stop for food/gas/etc. and make those destinations. All the others points (to force the route the way I want to go) I make waypoints. When I'm on the route, if I want to know the time/distance to a WP that is not a destination, I just change it from WP to destination. I can check the time/distance, then if I want, I change it back to a WP.
It is very flexible once you've set it up. However, it does take a little forethought, so don't plan to do it "on the fly" although there are no rules to prevent you from doing it that way. Well, maybe one, TT doesn't like to add waypoints that are behind you, but you could probably force that too if you wanted.
Good luck and happy traveling!
The ability to do what you wish depends upon which TomTom you have. The more recent models are quite crippled in this regard when compared to the "older" models such as the XXL540, although some capability was restored with the recent firmware updates.
If you have one of the "older" TomTom models, you will also have the capability of using a very nice third-party program called TYRE for planning exactly the route you prefer on your computer and then uploading it to your TomTom. Unfortunately, as a result of a lawsuit by Microsoft, TomTom made changes to the file system used in their units. As a consequence, TYRE will not work with the more recent models.
Which model do you have?
With best wishes,
- Tom -
If your TOMTOM model does not have itineraries, check out the following post:
It is possible to modify the menus to add the itinerary function.
You can also build a route with Google Maps & transfer it to your device.
That is partially correct. The older mentally crippled models that come with what TomTom calls the "EasyMenu" system can have many of the deleted capabilities restored, as discussed in that thread.
However, as a result of a lawsuit by Microsoft, almost all of the newer TomTom models have had changes made to the file system so that it is no longer possible to access the files and directories on the GPS. As a consequence, it is not possible to make the changes to the GPS that are discussed in that thread.
This has resulted in a lot of flack for TomTom from long-time TomTom users. There are rumors that TomTom may do something about this, but I will believe it when I see it.
With best wishes,
- Tom -
...that capability has gone away. The ability to create itineraries, and specifically the way TT did it versus Garmin was one of the reasons I purchased my GO930.
You can create an itinerary with the newer models, but their itinerary capabilities are pretty poor compared with the older models. With the older models you could set up to 48 waypoints on a route, which lets you really nail down what roads you want to take, even if those roads are far from optimum for shortest time, shortest distance, etc.
With the newer models you can define a maximum of 4 waypoints, which may result in the GPS choosing a routing that skips roads that you specifically wished to take. There are ways around this limitation, such as setting up multiple "trips", each with several waypoints, and each defined from the end of the previous trip, but that is a real Rube Goldberg "fix".
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