My C550 came with 3 months of free FM traffic. I loved it but not sure if I want to re-new. Accidents shown were gone by the time it showed up. A Detour took me much longer and I found out the accident was gone a while ago.
I'm leaving from Boston to NC in 3 days. If I see a traffic accident or something on the GPS, I'm not sure If I'll take a detour as I don't know the area and not sure how far out of the way it will take me. Like in the Boston area, I won't know if the traffic is cleared up and that taking a detour is worthless.
Like to get other input. Should I re-new before my trip?
The service costs $5/month. The question is if that cost is worth it to you for the information it provides? If you live on the margins of an area covered or rarely enter a coverage area then it is a harder decision.
No traffic service is perfect. Their information may be incomplete or slow. When they work, they're great.
Your trip will take you through a bunch of coverage areas. The wider you travel the more these traffic services are worthwhile. It is one thing to hear about traffic in your home area. You probably know the likelihood of delay, and even know detours. But in a strange town it is nice to know of trouble ahead and how to get around it.
If you don't think the information or detour information is very good then you probably don't need to spend the money. For me, saving me hours of being stuck on an interstate just once is worth a year's subscription fee.
The service is most useful if you are in one of the major metropolitan areas with good Clear Channel traffic coverage, then it is well worth the cost.
If you live somewhere rural it probably isn't worth the price.
That is true what you said but the FM Traffic is not worth anything to a Truck Driver because the truck can not go just any way to bypass an accident or traffic jams
Like a previous poster stated, it is only $5 per month. I don't know about you, but I can whizzz away $5 per month with no effort. At least with the subscription, you've got something to show for it.
On your trip, you will go through a couple of corridors that the traffic capability just might pay for itself. You already know about the Boston coverage. You will have coverage through the New York metro area, with spotty coverage down the NJT.
You'll also get coverage around Baltimore and DC, which might help you get around some possible problems. If you are going to the Triangle area (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill), you'll start to get a signal well north of the area on I-85, and will continue well south and west.
Again, it's your call, but to me, the cost is minimal.
For all of those that can "whizzz" away $5 per month, please send me $5. I really need it!!
For me it is well worth $60/year fee...
I've been using my father-in-law's c530, but am thinking of getting either the c550 or c580 for myself. Has anyone had experience with the MSN service? It seems you get a lot more for about the same price.
I have had good results with my traffic receiver here in Nashville, it has saved me from setting in several traffic jams.
I just read a recent post of yours in which you basically said, if your gpsr quit working, you'd "just stop and buy a new one"
Is that how you get the $$ to "just stop and buy a new one"?
BTW tmc traffic works well for me in the DFW area, slow at times but overall works well.
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Yeah, that has happened to me as well, I just stop the routing and did it again and that solved the issue. Sometimes I think that it confuses itself.
But I still trust it enough to not have a "Backup Plan". In other words, no hard copy of directions and maps. If my GPSr fails, I will just stop and buy a new one, unless I out in nowhere, then I guess I am just out of luck.
I think Asianfire can send...$5 this way...yeah?
I will e-mail you the $5 to you tomorrow ) I just renewed last week. Here in the Los Angeles area it is almost always spot on. I have said it before that I would pay 3 time the price if I had to, it’s that good.
Well dang, you caught me!!!
It has been rainy in Philly the last few days (sorry SoCal) and thus lots of accidents. I found there were 50 incidents listed on the traffic warning page. The average radio station traffic report usually only gives a few incidents of what is happening on the major roads. My GPS warned me of an accident on a secondary road I travel that was never mentioned on the radio.
I think this is another benefit to consider if you're having trouble deciding whether to renew.
Traffic coverage is highly dependent on the area you drive.
I subscribe to the MSN service. My home location is in the Raleigh NC area. The traffic updates seem to take a long time and are not very timely. This is also true when I travel through the Greensboro area. The gas price feature is very handy and I do use that, my wife sometimes uses the local movies feature.
I did have a chance to use my GPS in the San Francisco area on a recent vacation and the traffic service was EXCELLENT. It appeared to get updates quite often and was very timely. Whenever it said there was a XX minute delay XX miles ahead, it was very accurate. There were several times when it reported multiple "incidents" on my route, in some cases they had cleared before I arrived and the GPS had reported the same.
When I first arrived and was leaving the airport, the normal route would have been across the Golden Gate bridge, but it attempted to route me across the Bay Bridge and the Richmond Bridge instead, due to traffic. We wanted the Golden Gate since we had never crossed it before. Yes, the reported time delay was pretty accurate!
I would have to say that if I lived in the Bay area, it would be a no-brainer to renew the service. It is not as useful in my home area, but I will probably renew it anyway.
I am not going to renew mine. It never works that great. Not worth the money to me.
I buy used GPSr & accessory's, So will take that dead wood off your hands!
Like to get other input. Should I re-new before my trip?
I'll give you $5 for your Nuvi 350!
I found the traffic reports in SoCal to be spotty but I appreciated having it in unfamiliar towns. I also elected to purchase the MSN receiver since that one offers a little more than just traffic updates.
Yeah, when I am local, I find myself using the other services besides traffic. I'll renew just for that. If it was just the traffic, I probably would not.
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