I am new to Garmin GPS. This morning I was driving to a programmed Destination when the male voice instructed me to make a left hand turn and then immediately a right hand turn. If I had done that, I would have driven into the grassy area of a local school. The right turn I should really be taking was 75 m away! This had happened to me with TomToms also.
Mind you, Garmin did get it right yesterday with its "make a left hand turn and then immediately a right hand turn."
I've read of horror stories of drivers following GPS instructions to the T and ended up falling into a river, a dead end road, one way street going the other way.
Lastly, the 2013 map update showed a Canadian Tire store still existing when it had been taken over by the YMCA some 10 years ago.
As someone warned, pay attention to the actual speed limit posted rather than what Garmin says on screen.
"make a left hand turn and then immediately a right hand turn."
I have the same problems with my 2350LMT, sometimes that right hand turn, turns into the 2nd right hand turn and not the first right hand turn.
I think this can be one of the more frustrating things about using a GPS. When I am unfamiliar with th area (i.e. when I need a GPS) and the voice is telling me to turn but I don't know that it is really time to turn. What I have learned to do is to look at the map and see how many streets there are before the one I am to turn on. If traffic is heavy, however, it is hard to do that.
This suggests an opportunity for improvement. If the voice was to say to turn at the next light, that would be far better. If it said something like "you should see xxx two streets ahead on the right" it woud be far better.
The "turn now" messages when you are still several streets away are an opportunity for a problem.
A GPS device is a tool to ASSIST with navigation.
Never treat it like an autopilot.
And above all else, NEVER forget to use that thing between your ears.
many many thumbs up
I believe Garmin and TomTom will not accept responsibility if you should happen to follow their instructions "literally" and end up in an accident.
I am new to Garmin GPS. This morning I was driving to a programmed Destination when the male voice instructed me to make a left hand turn and then immediately a right hand turn. If I had done that,
Did the unit have displayed the feet left before making the turn?
I used Nuvi 650 and 770. Never heard word "immediately" during navigation. When there is next turn in distance so short that Nuvi can't play whole message it says something like: "in (distance) turn right than turn left".
Reading posts from Withashout I'm getting impression that instead of buying GPS he should invest in private driver. This will increase his chances of survival on the roads. Or in short time we wiil read again about one more car in ravine, lake on on train tracks.
Or in short time we wiil read again about one more car in ravine, lake on on train tracks.
On Long Island we have more railroad crossings than anywhere, and more GPS users have turned onto the tracks. The only thing is, there is a third rail with 750 volts of power and this can set the car on fire!
Reading posts from Withashout I'm getting impression that instead of buying GPS he should invest in private driver. This will increase his chances of survival on the roads.
I've been thinking the same thing. High five!
I always review my route before taking off. I want to understand where I am going, when turns should happen, distances. Every once in a while, I find some odd routing, and then I know what to do when it happens.
I never just punch in a destination and go without a review.
Completely agree that you should review your routes before you go but I normally don't do that. I do trust my Garmin but I don't listen to it blindly. Just use common sense when listening.
Just wondering what model is withashout using. Sounds like a hand me down with the "make a left hand turn and then immediately a right hand turn." Don't newer models all have street names now. Those olders directions w/o street names may be confusing for new users but understanding how the GPS gives direction is a learning curve as well.
If you are using voice without TTS capability then it doesn't read street names but says only to turn left or right. Even in newest units. And if you look through choice of voices there is many without TTS. So it's possible that he can hear no street names. Or he just used simplification.
On the other hand every unit shows picture with turns clearly marked on incoming streets.
What worries me is that he seems to be totally dependand on GPS and is hanging on every word unit says instead of using it as it was intended: as fancy map that helps to find right way to destination. This is very distracting and really can make him get into accident when driving.
Don't blame the GPS, blame the people that do the mapping software.
I do this nearly all the time, I check how my MS Streets and Trips program would take me so I can see the overall view of the route as well as print a map or two of the overall picture. I love using the GPS but sometimes technology can get funky and I like to have a back up.
I've used Garmin units for years. I recently installed an in dash navigation unit. The unit uses Primo iGO (Navteq maps). The unit will tell you to turn and give you the street name. When you're close to the turn it will sometime say something like turn right immediately after the gas station.
There is some question if the people who turned onto the LIRR tracks did so as a result of listening to their GPS.
And your local transportation depts. for not updateing any changes/mistakes.
But it scarey knowing there are millions out there who will turn when told too. And they reproduce in great numbers, since we have very limited natural selection to weed them out in modern times, lol
I've been thinking the same thing. High five!
The Garmin instructions that speak a left then right is a great tool since it tells you which lane(for multi-lane) you should be in and it it notifying you that you should take the "next" right.
If you follow your GPS to the "T" than you will get in trouble.
This post reminds of the Allstate mayhem commercial with the GPS.
Like a previous user post stated, please use your brains since no device is perfect.
Saw a comedy skit on a show with Betty White. Old man drives onto a boardwalk at a beach. Gets out, puts on his dark glasses, grabs his red cane with a white tip and his GPS. He then proceeds to walk towards the ocean while the GPS is talking to him. Bystanders reactions were very funny.
that doesn't use their brain along with their technology deserves to succumb to the digital age version of natural selection.
The Garmin instructions that speak a left then right is a great tool since it tells you which lane(for multi-lane) you should be in and it it notifying you that you should take the "next" right..
My unit has never said immediately.
"Turn left on Main Street, then turn right."
After the turn she says
"In ** feet, turn right on first avenue"
You can't just rely on the GPS. I know that on my nuvi 3590 my coordinates and altitude change all the time when I am in a stationary position. Contacted Garmin and the said it was because of what stattelites were being accessed. So if the coordinates for your GPS keep changing you can not rely on the GPS to the "T".
Interesting. There must be differences between nuvi lines. My nuvi 855 frequently tells me to "turn right on xxxxxxxx Blvd, then turn left." Then after the right turn, I get a nearly immediate "in xx feet, turn left on xxxx Street."
Sorry, but those morons deserve in a ditch.
My '40 says this when I'm close to the turn. I know then to switch to the right lane as soon as I make the left.
I had the same issues with the 50LM when I 1st got it last month, I did an update right out of the box.
I did as some suggested, a reset and map reload, with no change in it's operation.
Then I did another update after the Garmin Basecamp program told me I had updates available. After that update, the unit showed City Nav was installed and the unit's been fine ever since.
Now with a bit more experience and understanding under my belt, I suspect City Nav was never installed (or updated during the first update).
When it comes to bad drivers, I have very little patience and my saying is quickly becoming "I don't have road rage, I just don't like idiots".
But give some the benefit of the doubt folks or you might get the reputation of being one rough crowd!
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