Question about Traffic Avoidance

 

(I posed this question in a Nuvi Yahoo forum, but a fellow user suggested that I might get better feedback here.)

Hi,
I haven't journeyed far since I got the Nuvi 660 (only yesterday!)

I often drive from Long Island to the Pennsylvania Poconos and back.
The route usually planned brings me across the George Washington
Bridge, which is the quickest route IF there is no construction,
congestion, accidents, etc.

Nearing the GW Bridge with such delays can sometimes add up to
another 2 hours to a normally 2.5 hour commute. It can be quite
exasperating.

Anyway my question is this:
If I set the Nuvi to direct me from my house to Pennsylvania, would
it already be cognizant of any GWB (figure about 40 minutes into my
normal drive) problems at the onset or will it only consider this as
I would approach the route legs nearing the GW Bridge?

The reason why I ask is that if I already knew that the GWB was
snarled (as would then be all of the thoroughfares leading to it)
then I would normally set an entirely different (longer
distance/duration)course from the get-go, using none of the paths
that would lead to the GW Bridge (i.e. going through Brooklyn and
onto the Verrazzano Bridge into Staten Island).

Would the Nuvi do the same- given possible advanced notice of a
traffic problem up the course, or would it route me the normal
fastest course (via GW Bridge) and deal with delays in real time as I
approached their proximity?

Thanks,
Rob
Long Beach, NY

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Maps -> Wife -> Garmin 12XL -> StreetPilot 2610 -> Nuvi 660 (blown speaker) -> Nuvi 3790LMT

Set a via point

Set the Verrazzano Bridge as a via point - when you know the GW is tied up !

I think I have only twice in my life had a smooth sail via the GW from New England to the NJ TpK.
Now don't even bother trying that way !

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MrKenFL- "Money can't buy you happiness .. But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery." NUVI 260, Nuvi 1490LMT & Nuvi 2595LMT all with 2014.4 maps !

traffic avoidance

You could set up an alternate route(s) if you already knew that the GW was stacked up as MrKenFL suggests.

You (or anyone else) won't get any traffic info without the traffic subscription to either TMC or MSN depending on the particular gpsr capabilities.

so...

kb2psm wrote:

Would the Nuvi do the same- given possible advanced notice of a
traffic problem up the course, or would it route me the normal
fastest course (via GW Bridge) and deal with delays in real time as I
approached their proximity?

Then, even with the traffic service, incidents/traffic is sometimes not reported and therefore not transmitted to your receiver. You could be headed for the GW and it's backed up. Also, it could be clear and your receiver says it's backed up. It's best to have an alternate plan.

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