The traffic receiver on my Garmin is horribly stale, or inaccurate. It almost always misses rush hour traffic and if I'm in an area I'm unfamiliar with, the routing to get from point A to point B the fastest way is important.
It takes me off the main road where it receives traffic and diverts me to back roads which have just as much traffic, but assumes there is no traffic due to lack of data.
What is the best solution that takes current traffic, detours, etc into account and finds me the best route? console based, or smart phone based?
If you are stopped or getting ready to start I would recommend INRIX. It will show you the area around your current location with color coding on not only the main roads, but many arterials. It's available for tablets, computers and smart phones.
in Southern California...face it, we have traffic all the time, and if this little gadget thinks it knows a faster, better way, guess what, everybody else that has these does too. If you have lived anyplace any length of time, you already know what traffic is where and when, and hopefully you avoid those high traffic tie-ups.
I also live in Southern California, and I partially agree with your comment above. Where my TomTom is the most useful is when I am in heavy traffic far enough away from home that I *don't* know the trick routes. That is not a frequent occasion, but it happens often enough to make the HD Traffic feature of the GPS a real convenience.
With best wishes,
- Tom -
I have to agree with those finding the traffic feature unreliable. Recently I was testing my Dad's nuvi 3790 following a firmware update. The nuvi alerted me to "severe" traffic on my normal route and tried to reroute me on a road that runs parallel to the freeway for several miles.
The traffic on the freeway is expected but what the nuvi doesn't know is that traffic on the alternate route it suggested is always even worse with cars backed up for blocks at a multitude of stoplights and 4way stop signs.
I ignored the reroute suggestion but at every exit the nuvi insisted I should exit and take the alternate route. For this reason I turn off the "avoid traffic" feature on my own Garmins.
As I had posted in another thread, the Garmin itself has nothing to do with the traffic. It only interprets what certain FM radio stations feed it!!! If their FM feeds are slow or lacking, then so does your traffic response on the Garmin!!!!
I have a Nuvi 765t and generally do not find the traffic receiver helpful. It seems to register the traffic when I am stuck in it. Too late to do anything. I have a question though. When I am in traffic and it registers yellow :02, what does that mean. I always thought it meant 2 minutes but yesterday, I was on the Cross Bronx Expressway and it register yellow :03 but the traffic tie-up lasted the whole span of the highway and it took 50 minutes to get through (shuld have bee 20 minutes).
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