While testing the Garmin nuvi 2460LT, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it has the custom avoidances feature heretofore restricted to the nuvi 5000 and the 8xx series. I believe that another feature, advanced detour functionality, is entirely new for the nuvi line (and I’m sure a reader will correct me if I’m wrong!), so let’s start with that one. Oh, one other thing to prepend, and again, correct me if I’m mistaken, but it appears that these features are limited to the 24xx series, and are not found on the 22xx and 23xx models.
Enable this by going to Tools > Settings > Navigation > Automobile > nuRoute > Advanced Detours. Thankfully, that’s the only time you’ll need to wade through those menus to use this feature. From then on, tap Detour on the main menu and you’ll get something like the screen below. Tap Detour by Roads on Route and you’ll be able to avoid specific roads.
Custom Avoidances – Avoid Road
The screen shot at the top of this post shows this feature in action. Because you are asked for a starting point and end point, the device knows which direction of travel on a road you want to avoid. This is ideal in situations like the one pictured, where it is a difficult road to exit heading east, thanks to an incredibly steep uphill at the stop sign. Enable this one under Tools > Settings > Navigation > Automobile > nuRoute > Custom Avoidances.
EDIT – TIP – It appears that the custom avoidances must be from intersection to intersection. When I picked two points near the east and west ends of the road in the image at the top of this post, the nuvi ignored the custom avoid. When I created the avoid that is shown, everything worked fine.
Custom Avoidances – Avoid Area
Want to avoid an entire section of town? Well you can, as long as you can fit it in a rectangle that is. The process here is to pick one corner of the area to be avoided and then pick the opposite corner. No polygons allowed!
Not a new feature
In all fairness, I have to say that other brands have had similar features for years (although they didn’t always work very well), and I believe that a number of old Garmin StreetPilots had them as well. Nevertheless, a lot of nuvi owners have been pining for these.
No one unit to rule them all
Garmin just can’t manage to give us a single top of the line model, at least not for long. The 3790 laid pretty good claim to the mantle, but now we have the 2400 series with these features along with custom menus, speed limit corrections and via point data fields. Whatever you think about their marketing strategy, the 24xx series is beginning to look pretty good.