If we are on a main highway or turnpike, the gps wants to take us off
and put us on backroads to get to our destination. Is there a way to
program the gps to keep us on the highways? It took us on dirt roads
narrow roads and dangerous roads. We had our gps updated last
August and since then something just does not seen right. Please
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Re: Takes us on backroads instead of highways.
I don't have the same model gps as you, but I can tell you that there probably is a setting in the preferences somewhere, that you can set to what preferred roads you would take. Just look around in all the menus and sub menus, it has to be there.
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You can tell it to take the shortest route, and this will go on all roads including backroads, or you can tell it to take the fastest route and it will include highways. I would highly suggest you leave it on 'fastest route' setting.
Hi yes you can but with GPS units its kinda funky for example on my TOMTOM I have to enter US route 59. On my wife's Garmin you have to enter it as Illinois state route 59 and on my moms Magellan it goes in completely different.
Most destinations and even points of interest can be found but it often takes as long as 5 minutes to figure out how to input the info.
An example for instance in my area I have looked up Fox Valley Mall but on Magellans unit it only shows up as Westfield Fox valley, I have lived here 20 years where did the Westfield come from?
Something I have done in the past is select "find intersection" and then enter a street that I know intersects with the Highway I am looking for and then check to see how the GPS recognizes it.
Try to find a Point of Interest that's on that highway (like a Mall, Bank, Drugstore, etc.). Then, see how the address for that POI appears in their database. That will give you an idea of what shortcut they're using for that particular highway.
The Garmins are designed to read the highway or interstate numbers instead of names. This is because on the markers on the side of the road, they are labeled by numbers. Here in NY it calls the Long Island Expressway I-495, the Clearview I-295, etc. If the unit is speaking the names of surface streets, it is working as it was built to.