I have the Garmin C550. The routing to a location is totally different than the one given by the camp ground. Their route seems to be and (IS) the best route. I would like to use their route and have my GPS use it. No matter how many times I do "re-route" it still does the Garmin way. Is it not possible to inport my route into the GPS?
You can try to change from fastest to shortest route to see if that helps but I doubt it. You might also try to set the vehicle type to truck to see if that does anything for you.
Other than that, just drive as much of the computed route as you wish and then follow the directions given to you by the campground. Your unit will get the hint eventually.
Just remember that a GPS isn't a total replacement for a map and decent directions. It's just a tool to assist you in your navigation chores.
I live in a new sub division and even with the new 2008 map, one of the streets that I have been driving on for the past 2 years is still not showing up as part of the GPS map.
So everytime I tell the GPS to go home, it takes the long way around.
If this can happen near my home, I'm sure it will occur when I am 2,000 miles away from home.
It would be nice if I can select a route that overrides the GPS computed route.
The only way I know to do this is to put in an extra stop along the way. For example, in your situation, you might add an extra stop at a location on the route you feel is better.
Quite often we all know shortcuts in our area that may be better then what the GPS tell us. When I'm away from home in a strange area I'm just happy the GPS can can get me to my destination
I've had good luck with adding way points to "get" the gps to use my preferred route. If you want it to select a certain road you place a waypoint just after the beginning of that road. If it tries to route you off of that road at any point you will have to add another waypoint and so on. There's a toll road in my area that I like to travel but the garmin software avoids. By adding three waypoints to that road, I've overcome the problem. I think this would work on the fly with some gps models, but for some I believe you will have to use the mapsource software and then load it on to your gps.
There's a toll road in my area that I like to travel but the garmin software avoids...
Do you have toll roads checked as an avoidance?
i ask a while back why my c530 gave me one route going to minneapolis and another on the retrun trip. i think a number of extra waypoints might solve that problem
No, I have the toll roads available. The reason the Garmin doesn't choose this route is that it is about 5% longer than another highway that runs parallel to it. if the speed limits on the two roads are the same, the software always picks the shortest route. In this case, the shortest route is always congested with traffic so I always take the toll route. Adding the way points makes the software create the route through those points so it really adds a whole lot of flexibility to the routes that you'd like to take. Of course that means you have to spend the time in front of your computer planning out your routes. According to the manual you can add waypoints on the fly with the 7500 (I'm not sure about other units) but this seems like a pain. If you spend a few minutes adding these wayppoints on your computer, they will always be available to you while on the road.
The routing engine will prefer routes where you do not have to take many left turns across multiple lanes of traffic or a divided highway...and, if a main thoroughfare happens to cross a college campus in one segment of the road, it will route you around the perimeter of the campus, even though the thoroughfare is the most sensible route even when classes are in session.
Keith, very interesting.
Do you have the traffic reciever? Does it not route you around the traffic on the congested route?
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