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4/27/17
Original Poster
shire10

Why is there no way to prevent google maps from avoiding traffic?


I have been riding a motorcycle for the last 2 years and i find it incredibly annoying that no matter how much effort I put into planning my route, google maps will reroute me because its believes I will get to my destination quicker. I searched hard and not found any way to disable this feature.

Myself and the other thousands of motorcyclist do not need the feature as traffic has little effect on how quickly we will reach our destination.

I have recently found other methods outside of google maps to take my planned route, however, I don't understand why google can't add an option to not avoid traffic.

It is a common complaint, not only among motorcyclists but anyone who rides smaller personal transport such as a bicycle. We don't all just use cars, trains and ferry's.
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Amanda - Community Specialist
4/28/17
Amanda - Community Specialist
Hello Shire,

Welcome to the Google Maps Help Forum.

Google Maps does show the current traffic condition during a particular route navigation. Google Maps have already been able to visualize current traffic levels. In fact this service is already working - See traffic near near.

When you enter a destination using Google Maps on your computer or mobile device, you are often presented with more than one possible route. Google Maps highlights the suggested route in a bright blue color and includes other possible routes in a gray color. Each route is marked with distance and estimated driving time.

How to select an alternate route:
There are many reasons you might want to take an alternate route including to avoid a toll road, make a side trip or avoid heavy traffic.

It's easy to change the suggested route in Google Maps. To make a change to the suggested route, click anywhere on the bright blue path to set a point and drag it to a new location to modify the route. When you do this, any other suggested alternate routes disappear from the map and the driving directions change.

To select one of the alternate routes instead, click on it. Google Maps changes its highlight color to blue to indicate it is the new preferred route, without removing the other possible routes. If you find that you've changed your route too much, you can use the back arrow on your browser to undo the damage.

Here's a useful help article to view traffic, satellite, terrain, biking and transit in Google Maps.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Regards,
Amanda
5/1/17
Original Poster
shire10
This did not answer my question!
I'm looking for a way to prevent google maps from rerouting due to traffic.
I ride a motorbike and I therefore have no concern over traffic.
Give us an option to NOT avoid traffic.
Sudden1234
6/15/17
Sudden1234
Yeah doesnt look like she took time to look at it and just copy pasted some standard response. i have the same issue right now. i want to plan a route but it will only give me routes with altered times because of the busy traffic currently. can't seem to ignore traffic to just give me the est. normal time and routes.
Luckyword
8/23/17
Luckyword
I have this same issue as well, Shire, and thank you for posting. I haven't found any good alternatives, but am glad you posted. 

Does anyone know of a good Navigation App for motorcycle users using IOS? 

Google, please add a feature to allow users to turn off automatic re-routing due to traffic. That would solve this problem.

Google, if you're listening: As Shire said, many of us ride motorcycles, and don't want our navigation App to automatically re-route us while en route to our destination. In other words, once we select the designated route within the Google Maps app, we want that to be our actual route. Many of us on motorcycles have our phones mounted on the bike so we can see them during the journey - but we can't safely press buttons on the screen.

We don't want the Google Maps Navigation to re-route us -- unless we deviate from the pre-selected route. 
Luckyword
8/23/17
Luckyword
I just realized - I'm going to give Apple Maps another try and see if that also utilizes this annoying "auto re-route" due to traffic feature that is very annoying for motorcycle users. 

If anyone knows of an App that doesn't auto re-route due to congestion, please post. Motorcycle users could use such an App.
Amanda - Community Specialist
8/25/17
Amanda - Community Specialist
Hi all,

Thanks for keeping me posted.

You can turn on notifications in the Google Maps app and see things that interest you, like train schedules or traffic on routes you travel often.

You can see notifications on your computer if you:
Turn notifications on:
  • Open Google Maps.
  • In the top left, click the Menu .
  • Choose Notifications.
  • Next to the notification you want to turn on, turn on the switch. To turn off a notification, turn off the switch.
  • If you’re prompted to show notifications, click Allow. If you click Block, learn how to turn notifications on in Chrome.
Here's a useful help article to know more about how to turn Google Maps notifications on or off.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Regards,
Amanda
Luckyword
8/28/17
Luckyword
Hi Amanda, 

Thanks for the reply. I tried your suggestion of going into Layers and toggling "Traffic," and, unfortunately, that didn't solve the issue. Toggling Traffic within layers seems to only show or hide all surrounding Traffic, but it does not turn off Traffic re-routing in the App. I tested it again this morning to be sure. 

To reiterate, the issue is that once I've selected a route, and started the journey, I don't want google maps to re-route me due to traffic. For any reason. Not even if there is a meteor in the middle of the highway. Yet Google Maps consistently re-routes me due to heavy traffic conditions. 

This morning I selected a destination, and halfway along the trip to that destination, the App directed me to exit the freeway. When I take this route without any traffic, the App does not direct me to exit the freeway. This morning, like other mornings, I ignored the re-direction, and continued to my destination on the pre-selected route.

In other words, there doesn't appear to be a way to turn off Traffic so that once a route is started, re-routing will not occur. 

It is for that reason that I've mostly stopped using Google Maps in favor of a more user friendly App that does not automatically re-route due to perceived Traffic. While it is still a good App, I hope the engineers will add the functionality to allow users to disable automatic re-routing due to perceived Traffic issues. 

If Google resolves this problem, please post an update. Thanks. 


8/29/17
Original Poster
shire10
Sadly, I have had to stop using google maps as there has been no fix or explanation to this problem.
D3288
9/16/17
D3288
Aghhh I'm so mad, my ride today would have only taken 30 min but I spent another 30 min driving due to be re routed for traffic. So upsetting, sitting at red lights (since it routed me off the highway) in full gear sweating, because I want to follow my GPS so I don't get lost. Google maps give you like 3 seconds to cancel its re route; yeah, try clicking that at 40 mph between 2 cars with gloves on!
 
Amanda, make google stop re routing for traffic while I'm driving my motorcycle. Add a motorcycle option between the car and bicycle
Luckyword
9/16/17
Luckyword
I can totally relate to D3288's experience, as I've had similar situations arise. 

D3288 offers an excellent suggestion: Google ought to consider offering a motorcycle icon the same way they provide a bike and pedestrian icon. 

Sadly, it seems Google doesn't view the motorcycle community is being very important, given that there's been no meaningful response to this issue. 
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nightmare
4/11/18
nightmare
Thank you Andrew! At first I thought that this fix would entail disabling all mobile data, but now that I realize it's disabling Wifi only for just G maps, and that I can still use Spotify during the ride, I'm excited to try this out! Of course nothing would beat a re-routing toggle switch in app, this might just save my day. Thanks again for the suggestion!
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