Garmin RV770 notification annoyances

 

I have a Garmin RV770 and generally like it. A feature is various notifications that show up, such as school zones, speed limit changes, curved road ahead. I find aspects of this feature very annoying and a safety hazard, and wondered if anyone else feels the same.

First of all, all these notifications chirp by default, all with the same sound. Luckily that sound can be turned off for individual notifications as it is distracting. I've left the speed reduction change chirp on though, as that is useful.

You cannot, as far as I know, turn off the visual notifications (anybody know if this is possible somehow?). I find Curve notifications particularly annoying, as the visual warning blocks out the name of the upcoming street for instance. I do NOT watch the GPS to see if the road is going to curve, I watch the road for that!!

A close second annoyance is the School Zone warning. It stays on for a LONG time, again blocking out other information I'd rather see. I've had it miss notifying for obvious zones too, as well as notifying for zones that are nowhere to be seen. A distracting nuisance most of the time, as it stays on too long.

A lot of these notifications are "nanny state". Truly annoying that they cannot be selectively disabled.

Warnings

I found this info on Garmin support for the alerts and how to disable.

https://www8.garmin.com/manuals/webhelp/rv770/EN-US/GUID-85A...

How to disable https://www8.garmin.com/manuals/webhelp/rv770/EN-US/GUID-98A...

https://support.garmin.com/en-US/?faq=ZrX95WMkTR9xPQeIZ7n1hA...

Did notice this statement, even if you turn off the alert." The visual alert appears even when the tone is disabled".

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

Wow

charlesd45 wrote:

I found this info on Garmin support for the alerts and how to disable...

Interesting. With my DriveLuxe 51, an automobile device, I was surprised by all the warnings and as Chas has done, turned off the audibles for several of them like 'curves ahead.' But these newer Garmin RV and I suppose, the trucker GPS devices, offer even more warnings than my automobile model.

I also recently bought a Subaru Crosstrek with Eyesight, etc. and was happy to find that the audible warning for several of the safety alerts could also be disabled while keeping the safety feature itself. The audible that bothered me the most was each time the adaptive cruise control saw a vehicle ahead, then 'dinged' again when the vehicle ahead either moved too far ahead to be a concern or changed lanes.

The school zone stays on so

The school zone stays on so long because it covers the whole distance the GIS people have designated.

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Frank Nuvi 3597LMT 37.322760, -79.511267

And...

phranc wrote:

The school zone stays on so long because it covers the whole distance the GIS people have designated.

And to show the 'children present' reduced speed on weekdays during school hours for the entire zone.

From a FAQ here:

...driving through one on a school day during school hours gives a visual and audio alert and the nuvi speed limit is lowered to the school zone speed limit; driving through one on a school day before or after school hours results in the same alerts but without the speed limit change; and on weekends, no alert occurs at all...

Now if they only had a 'summer vacation' and holiday non-alert.

But..

phranc wrote:

The school zone stays on so long because it covers the whole distance the GIS people have designated.

But do you really need to be notified while parked in a school zone.. or stopped at a light..

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Lives in Edmonton AB A volunteer driver for Drive Happiness.ca and uses a 2689 to find my way.

Well

CraigW wrote:

From a FAQ here:

...driving through one on a school day during school hours gives a visual and audio alert and the nuvi speed limit is lowered to the school zone speed limit; driving through one on a school day before or after school hours results in the same alerts but without the speed limit change; and on weekends, no alert occurs at all...

Now if they only had a 'summer vacation' and holiday non-alert,

Well, that FAQ's not true for my DRIVE units. It single beeps once and it shows the banner no matter the time. 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. School in session or not.

I can live with the "school zone", and the "Railroad crossings", and the "reduced speed ahead" but it's the "curve ahead" that annoys me. If you're too stupid to see the road curving ahead then you deserve to go off the road and should not be driving.

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I never get lost, but I do explore new territory every now and then.

KenSny Re Curve Notifications

Absolutely agree about the curves!

"I can live with the "school zone", and the "Railroad crossings", and the "reduced speed ahead" but it's the "curve ahead" that annoys me. If you're too stupid to see the road curving ahead then you deserve to go off the road and should not be driving."