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GPS causes congestion?

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GPS causes congestion?

Yet another attempt by "them" to introduce road tolls. One of the benefits quoted was reducing congestion on busy roads, but of late I've been wondering if one of the recent causes of congestion is the GPS navigation systems?  I recently had cause to drive up Sheffield way from London. The M1 motorway was overloaded and slow so I turned on my GPS system and instructed it to avoid motorways. The resultant route was a far more pleasant drive and not much different in time from travelling via motorway.
If all drivers increasingly depend on GPS and use the default settings doesn't that automatically concentrate traffic on to the motorways as the most logical route?
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What you need is TomTom HD Traffic that automatically detects traffic congestion and will redirect you to use a more efficient route.
For more details see - http://www.tomtom.com/lib/doc/download/HDT_White_Paper.pdf
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Re: GPS causes congestion?

not just TomTom
also available on Garmin and Navman
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Quote from: AlaricAdair
The M1 motorway was overloaded and slow so I turned on my GPS system and instructed it to avoid motorways. The resultant route was a far more pleasant drive and not much different in time from travelling via motorway.

Until everyone avoids motorways and we start to use the default settings again Cheesy

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What you need is TomTom HD Traffic

No, no you don't. Tomtoms devices all over the world recently lost the plot and none of them could locate a GPS signal due to a tomtom firmware fault. Their forums were overflowing with angry complains, people who had been stranded in different countries, others who's work depended on it etc. I also suffered from it but luckily had a vague idea where I was going as I'd been there before but I still couldn't get the damned thing to work for 3 days.
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Lucky I just bought a Garmin !
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The M1 motorway was overloaded and slow so I turned on my GPS system and instructed it to avoid motorways. The resultant route was a far more pleasant drive and not much different in time from travelling via motorway.

Until everyone avoids motorways and we start to use the default settings again Cheesy
I Guess this will depend on which alternative route a driver might take to avoid the motorway. Problem with minor roads is you can easily get stuck behind a tractor or slow moving truck, add traffic lights and roundabouts etc and the journey may not only take much longer (no good if you are in a hurry) and you may even be using more fuel.
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@gleneagles
I got a Garmin in January, still trying to make it do what I want.
a)POI  - its treats them in a peculiar way, I thing I  have got then set up to show in a radius from where I am, but if it is on a parallel road 50 ft away it doesnt show them.
b) very good maps and recalculates routes within seconds, but you cant seem to look at the total rout before you start
I also have an old Navman before they were taken over by Mio, the maps are not up to date but
c) the POI, are treated well
d)you can look at the route before you start
Yesterday I was doing a new trip to me and had looked it up on Google maps, that gave they wildly different choices, so fired up both sat navs, Garmin 34 miles Navman 30.5  followed the Navman route there (Lower line shown), came home on the Garmin, thought I had followed the same roads, but no - upper line is garmin  (i also have a I-gotU logger)
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I must confess I've given my GPS the same name as my wife. I frequently ignore the nagging voice.
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I don`t use any satnav...... just plan my route using google maps, get going, and then avoid congestion as I see fit... ( initially check "live traffic" from tom tom before setting off, but this can be useless info 10 mins into the journey!!!  )
{except for roadwork congestion}
most of my long distance driving using motorways, I know "alternative" routes in my head, and local congestion usually has a "go around" using local knowledge.  Smiley
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Slightly off topic  Embarrassed
[quote=BBC News - 16 May 2012]Is it time to get rid of traffic lights?
We rely on traffic lights to tell us when to go. And when to stop. We should replace that with common sense, argues traffic campaigner
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18072259
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Hans Monderman did several experiments on this idea, notably his 'Shared Space' in Friesland, Netherlands, in 1982.
He noted that users (pedestrians/cyclists/motorists) alike became more aware of each other and used fleeting eye contact to make judgements of other's intentions. Traffic appeared to move more smoothly and accidents were reduced.
A similar idea has been introduced in [Exhibition Road in Kensington.

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Hmm.... so here I am , in a hurry, at the crossroads, slow down, see a pretty lady coming towards me at same speed on my right.... give her a smile, and she responds with a similar smile, then the guy opposite thinks I`m giving him the come  on, does a right turn in front of me, just as I am pulling away, thinking the pretty lady has given me the go ahead, and she slams into the other side of my car assuming I had smiled at her, to let her pass in front of me......  Shocked
Fleeting glance ? not a chance . Grin