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Took me on a 2 lane route for 100 miles instead of freeway!

Recently planned 100 mile trip. There were 2 possible ways to go. One way was all freeway, the other was all windy, 2 lane slow roads. On the "fastest" setting, it directed me to take the windy 2 lane road. Also, several time, told me to "turn right" when there was not right turn to make, only a left. I had this mounted on the windshield, so it flunked the first test I gave it. Ruined the weekend.

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These things are miles from perfect. However, if you knew of the freeway route, you should have taken it. Remember, a PND is only useful when you don't know where you are and can often be confusing if you're using it to direct you to place that you know.

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In Garmin, if it's checked, it means AVOID. I know the documentation isn't clear but I've learned from experience (trial & error).

Sometimes it happens. Garmin isn't perfect but it beats looking at a map most of the time.

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