Spent some time today looking at both the garmin and the tom tom. I like the
screen on the garmin as it seems more visible from the side and seems
sharper. Here's the problem I found. Maybe it is just me not knowing what
the hell I'm doing(shut up Denny<G>) anyway when trying to get from MA to FL
it takes you over the GW bridge in NYC, the last place you want to be at
anytime. I couldn't get either one of them to use the Tappen Zee and the
GSP. I tried to get around using all the options I could find but no joy.
Anybody ??? Larry, Chris, Mike........ Another thought, does the Streets and
trips have that capability, mac?
I can't speak for the Garmin or TomTom, but S&T will allow you to route
yourself around something you want to avoid. If it selects a route segment
you don't like, you can select an alternative more to your liking. I would
be surprised if Garmin or TomTom didn't have this feature also. S&T works
great, but sometimes it makes dumb decisions on routing
Streets and Trips allows you to block out an unwanted road or highway
and route some other way. It also allows you to force it to route
through a given point.
On my Mopar REC unit I can add multiple segments to have the same
effect. I can also tell it to prefer freeways, avoid freeways, shortest
route, fastest route etc.
In my NAVTEQ system, after I "set destination", I can go back and hit
"set destination" again, except this time it gives me the option to "add
waypoint", "add detour", "new route", and "cancel route".
If I click "add detour", it gives a list of roads and I select which one
I want to detour around.
In my Streets and Trips, I just add destinations (just a map click on an
intersection) that forces the map software to recalculate from where I
want to exit to where i want to rejoin.
Some also have the option of selecting the route type (fastest,
shortest, toll roads, local roads, etc) but the mappers can't really
sense when you want to take main roads for most of the trip and detour
to a different route unless you tell it somehow.
Hope this helps.
Maybe I'm looking for too much. In this case the GWB is the shortest mile
wise, but can take up to four hours longer. To avoid this you get off I-95
in CT and use I-287 in NY and cross the Tappenzee Bridge and go down the
Garden State Parkway and rejoin I-95/Jersey Turnpike. Too much info I know.
I have seen some of those choice's but they haven't done the trick for me
Maybe I'll opt for Streets and Trips as it is the less expensive and see if
I can get it to give me the options I want.
Yeah.. you can pick your type of roads on both S&T and Street Atlas..
I have a few arguments with both on our baja route but for example, when it sets
the course on hiway 5 and I want state 58, I just click a "via" on 58 and it
redoes the route using it..
You can also pick the area of the bridge and tell the program to "avoid" it, I
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