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Why does the nav on this car always head me into the traffic jams?

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I generally hit in fastest routes, but it seems like it will head me towards the traffic jams and not try to avoid them? I've got good at second guessing it and doing the opposite of what it tells me to do and save a lot of time this way. Today I was heading down rt 41 and it even said there was a traffic jam ahead and was telling me I'd be home at 2:05 PM. I cut headed up a little east to I 75 and it was a clear shot home with no traffic jam and I made it home by 1:50 PM. The GPS all the way back home kept trying to cut me off I75 back onto 41 which run along side it but still showed yellow under traffic and said there was a traffic jam, strange. You'd think since I programmed it as the fastest route it would try to avoid the traffic jam? I could see if I programmed it for the shortest route or something? Any ideas?
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Typically fastest route will look to take you on limited access roads. Depending on where you live and time of day this can lead you right into a traffic jam. I will normally use "shortest" if it is during peak times and driving near a major city. While I have not checked on my V, most NAV systems have avoidance's. Maybe yours is set to avoid highways or toll roads? Somehow I don't think the system is smart enough to equate a traffic jam with the route it picks. You would think it would be simple enough to program but then again the NAV in the V is certainly not "state of the art" by today's standards.
Think of it this way, what was the Garmin like 5 years ago? That is basically the technology in the V. I'll even go so far as to say the Garmin was probably more advanced in 2008 then the V's NAV. It gets the job done but lacks many features of newer, portable NAV devices. The big advantage to the NAV in the V is integration.
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