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pianotuna

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Posted: 07/16/22 09:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

dedmiston,

AAA used to do 'trip tiks'. If they still do, then ask them to make one which avoids interstate highways?

I hate the interstates, as I drive slowly to conserve fuel and funds.


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Use google maps but click on “route options” and select “avoid highways”. That’s misleading as it only avoids interstates, not other highways. It will chose other highway options more or less parallel to the interstates.

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BB_TX wrote:

Use google maps but click on “route options” and select “avoid highways”. That’s misleading as it only avoids interstates, not other highways. It will chose other highway options more or less parallel to the interstates.


Exactly the way we do it, but we also select "avoid tolls". Those yayhoos in central FL can't build a new road without it being a toll road, and frankly, we find that taking the non-toll options many times get us where we're going quicker, and without all the idiots on the road weaving in and out at 20-30 miles per hour over the posted limit (and never a LEO in sight).

Thanks for your efforts Ike, but sticking to US highways, state highways, and the occasional county road have made for some wonderful travels over the years.


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Rand McNally road atlas. Buy one, Learn to use it.


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Gooma wrote:

Rand McNally road atlas. Buy one, Learn to use it.


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BB_TX wrote:

Use google maps but click on “route options” and select “avoid highways”. That’s misleading as it only avoids interstates, not other highways. It will chose other highway options more or less parallel to the interstates.


Nice piece of information. Thanks!

It doesn't work in Canada, but that's ok, too.

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We still have an road atlas from 2000 and still use it a lot if Seri can't talk with a satellite. I guess I am spoiled to the interstates unless I am in the 'relax and see the country' mode.

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Since I drive alone now since my wife passed away I just set my navigation program to "Avoid Interstates and No Toll Roads".

My Tow Vehicle didn't come with an Infotainment Screen but I added one last year and I get great guidance on non-interstate routes.

What's better than the map/atlas method is that both my navigation programs will provide real time traffic and construction information.

Also, no fumbling or re-folding required with the Nav programs [emoticon]


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You have to be careful of your setup. Years ago I had the gps set to avoid highways and shortest route, so it tried it's best to route me across Atlanta on city streets. Fortunately I knew better.


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Paper maps and US highways.

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