I would like to revisit a queston that has been asked before. I am considering purchasing an FM traffic antenna for my Garmin 2720 and wonder if anyone finds them worth the investment.
The traffic receiver is quite valuable in the San Francisco area. On 3-4 rainy days with accidents, it has made the difference of up to an hour in morning commutes to work. It can route you off freeways to a surface road and then before long back onto the same freeway--thereby avoid standing traffic. The $60 lifetime Clear Channel/Total Traffic Network subscription is a bargain--and comes included with the latest 2x5 and 7x5 series Nuvis. Since it icludes coverage on the major roads all the way to Nevada, it is also very useful on weekend trips to the mountains.
It's not worth it for me. A traffic jam is usually a tractor going to the co-op.
i'm in the dallas area and they work great in my 660 and 265t
I have the 265 WT and the traffic updates work well in most cases. There are times that it's not accurate, but I like it for the most part.
I have a NUVI 680 and it came with MSN traffic. I work in the Baltimore Metro area and daily travel the beltway to and from work. MSN traffic supplies current speed and incident reports along with the expected delay time. This info makes it easy to determine if you need to take an alternate route. They also provide current gas prices, weather and movie info. If you buy a GPS with the traffic feature just make sure that traffic provider has service in your area. I would recommend purchasing a GPS with the traffic feature to any one that travels in congested areas. For more info on GPS with the traffic feature go to http://www.gpsmagazine.com . Look for the GPS models that have the traffic feature.
I've noticed the past 5 months that the MSN traffic coverage and signal strength has gotten really bad in Washington DC, especially on I-66 outside the beltway.
Has anyone else noticed this change in the traffic coverage?
A major freeway in Austin isn't covered or they never update it when something is going down. This results in sometimes being routed "from bad to worse"
I commute from College Park area to Columbia every day and have no trouble getting a signal south of Laurel. On the way home I usually don't get a signal until I'm south of Laurel, which is a little late to decide between I95 or US1.
Don't think it's worth it for me.
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