Do You Fear Spaghetti Bowls? - Lane Assist Can Help

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Just think how lane assist can help you conquer fear of "spaghetti bowls". When you are approaching a spaghetti bowl interchange at 70 MPH, you want to know what lane you should be in before you get there. Some turns can be made from two lanes, but the outside lane will be an "Exit Only". If your turn is the second turn after the first major turn and you are caught in the outside lane, you will be "trapped off" and end up who knows where.

With traffic bumper to bumper and not much maneuvering room, you need help and that help is lane assist from Garmin.

The lane guidance feature was first introduced in the Nuvi 7x5 series in August 2008. All of the Nuvi 7x5 series and Nuvi 8x5 series include lane assist with junction view. As of the writing of this article, this includes the Nuvi 755T, 765T, 775T, 785T, 855, and 885T.

It is disappointing that the new Nuvi 1200, 1250, 1260T and 1300 GPS do not include this feature. The Nuvi 1350, 1350T, and 1370T have lane assist without junction view. The Nuvi 1390T and the Nuvi 1490T have it with junction view.

If you are in unfamiliar territory and you are driving through a busy interchange, the junction view guides you smoothly through. You don't have to guess which lane you should be in to make the correct turn. The display shows required maneuvers and gives driving directions.

The junction view display shows photo-realistic views of what the road looks like as well as the signs as you will see them on the road. Arrows show you the proper lane. The road signs that are not relevant to your navigation are faded compared to the signs you need to follow.

Your take away from this article is that lane assist can help you navigate difficult interchanges safely. Add junction view and your driving is safer and easier.

For more information about Garmin GPS with lane assist consult the resource information at the end of this article.

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John V. W. Howe has 1 articles online

John V. W. Howe is an entrepreneur, author, inventor, patent holder, husband, father, and grandfather. His degree in physics makes him curious about how things work and he was naturally fascinated with early GPS units and has followed their development.

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This article was published on 2010/03/26