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Any advice on modern Sat Navs

  bumpkin 18:07 09 Jul 2015

I have an old Navman (appx 9 yrs) which I found amazing in its day but now outdated although it still works. As they are now so cheap I was thinking of replacing it. My main criticism of it is that if I turn off a busy Mway like M25 it will keep trying to direct me back onto it. Not something I know much about but with technology advancing as it has I would have thought that there is something available that can be asked to find a route avoiding M ways. Any suggestions anyone.

  namtas 18:36 09 Jul 2015

It may be in the settings,perhaps it is set for fastest route and therefore will try to revert you Motorway, try alerting to shortest route

  namtas 18:37 09 Jul 2015

oops "altering"

  bremner 19:24 09 Jul 2015

For many years my Tom Toms have given the option to avoid motorways.

  morddwyd 19:25 09 Jul 2015

If you have a smartphone an app is the cheaper option, and it's usually automatically updated.

Most of them don't need an internet connection to function, and only need a web connection if you want specialised functions like traffic.

  bumpkin 20:17 09 Jul 2015

namtas, I don't seem to have that option on my old one.

bremner, I was thinking of possible a TomTom, thanks for confirming that it has that option.

morddwyd, I do not have a smartphone myself but my daughter does and says that using the satnav is very expensive.

As I said I am not very up on this as I rarely use it these days but as with most tech there is always the temptation to get a newer one especially if the price has dropped drastically. Just looking for some general advice really.

  csqwared 20:29 09 Jul 2015

I've used Garmin for some time now and pleased with it. My current one (nuvi 2597LMT) has lifetime map updates & lifetime traffic included. You can set it to avoid M'ways and also specify a route ie with added waypoints. The main reason I went with Garmin was the fact you can get a free standing, weighted mount rather than sticking a mount to the windscreen, something ne'er do wells look for I understand.

  Quickbeam 20:38 09 Jul 2015

Try Map Factor Navigator.

It's free, it downloads the Open Street Mapping to the device so you're not reliant on an internet connection or data charges after the initial download, and if you want Tom Tom mapping, you can pay for the Tom Tom maps as an extra.

I've used it for a couple of years with no problems.

  bumpkin 21:12 09 Jul 2015

Quickbeam, is that for a smartphone as I do not have one but can pass the info to daughter, thanks.

  bumpkin 22:36 09 Jul 2015

Googling there are just too many to choose from. I am tempted by the Garmin but was hoping to find something under £100.

  wee eddie 23:41 09 Jul 2015

I drive a Taxi and have just replaced my old Garmin with a Nuvi 2508 which is a fairly basic model but very good.

It does your Route but does not, as far as I can see, try to create faux countryside/townscape round about you.

However, it cannot read your mind. If you leave the chosen route it will direct you back onto it unless you ask it for a detour.

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