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Okay, as we all know, sat navs can be an absolute godsend but, from time to time they can be a little temperamental. We will try and address some of the most common problems with sat navs in this article as well as how to install them onto your various devices. I say various, because there are so many options available, from Garmin, Tom Tom, smart phones and even tablets. So here we go…

There are numerous ways in which you can install the routes we provide in our tour packs, some of you will be more familiar with the software, when others will be scratching their heads or throwing a cat through the patio doors (not recommended) in frustration. 

We have teamed up with myrouteapp.com to offer a far simpler way of doing things that can take literally as long as it takes to drink your beer

On all our route itineraries for 2020, we have clear and concise way-points for coffee stops, lunch stops and fuel stops. This is so that when you are on an escorted tour, there will be way points along the route where you will undoubtedly meet up with others. Escorted tours allow you to ride at your own pace by following our route on your device but still knowing your tour guide/leader isn’t never far ahead and can provide support if needed. Obviously, you can ride with the tour guide, who will do so in accordance with the local speed limits. On the vast majority of our tours, the whole group stays together throughout the tour.

All the hotel locations on the tour include the GPS coordinates as well, so you can enter them into you device directly if you wish and you will be confident of arriving at the correct location to eliminate any doubt, however, doing this early on in the tour will inevitably alter the organised route as it will miss out important.

A quick note about Sat Navs and mapping:

Sat navs all use slightly different software and base maps and may all be set with different internal menu settings. Therefore it is fair to say that no two are the same, and no two followed routes will identical in every way. As a tour company this does present us with difficulties, however, there are ways we can try and make all the routes on all sat navs behave the same.We use “Routes” as opposed to “tracks”. Routes are more suited to flexible directions and will re-calculate your route (if set correctly on your device) to get you back onto the planned route. Whereas tracks are unlikely to re-route you back onto the track further down the road, even if you miss a section (perhaps you were distracted at the last turn).

A track behaves more like a rally route, or think of it as a relay race. If you miss grabbing the baton, you would have to go back to the same spot to retrieve it. Or, if you were on a rally, you would need to re-join the track where you came off it, in order to avoid missing a checkpoint.With our maps, way points define the key stops, such as coffee, lunch etc. Meaning a route will always ensure you head towards that way point and keep you on the intended route that we have spent years perfecting, even it it recalculates you back onto it but missing a short distance. It will never miss the way point.

This is more noticeable with Tom Tom devices as sometimes, if not set up correctly, riders will keep commenting that they are being forced back to the hotel that they left that morning, this is simply because the first way point is next to the hotel and when you start the day you often had to select the 2nd way point on the list. In 2020, this will change, as the first way point of the day will be further away from the hotel, alleviating the issues faced with Tom Tom users.

This is more noticeable with Tom Tom devices as sometimes, if not set up correctly, riders will keep commenting that they are being forced back to the hotel that they left that morning, this is simply because the first way point is next to the hotel and when you start the day you often had to select the 2nd way point on the list. In 2020, this will change, as the first way point of the day will be further away from the hotel, alleviating the issues faced with Tom Tom users.[/accordion_item][/accordion]

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