Google Maps is a very popular tool that will not only show you locations of various places, businesses or hotels, but it will also guide you there, it will present you different routes, tell you about traffic, it will allow you to find information about the place you want to get and a lot more!

Google Maps will show you all the directions you need to get to a certain location. If you are planning to go on a trip to visit other cities, you’re lucky to be here, as we’ve made a list with all the ways of making your route smooth, avoiding traffic, motorways and so on.

First of All: Planning Your Route on Google Maps

  1. Plan a route on by clicking on the search bar at the top corner in the left and press on the blue arrow to get started.
  2. Add in the menu the location from which you’ll start the journey and the destination and let Google calculate recommended routes.
  3. After it has calculated your routes, you can choose from different options of transit: by car, by bus, by train, by plane, cycling or walking – each one having their respective symbol.
  4. You can also choose the time when you want to take off or just click on ‘Leave now’. There is also an option through which you can send all that information you added to your phone, to continue from your handheld device when you’re outdoors.
  5. Clicking on ‘Options’ will allow you to change the means of transport or change the route to another (you’ve got ‘Best route’, ‘Fewer transfers’ and even ‘Less walking’). Click on the button ‘Next’ and it will change according to what you’ve selected.
  6. If you want a better timing, you can click on ‘Schedule Explorer’ at the bottom of the menu from the left and it will provide exact timings for your route and will also break the whole route into all different means of transportation. This is a handy option if you are in the city and you get to use a bus, a train or a tram to get to the destination point.

Here are some other tips that will be helpful on your way to the desired destination.

Google Maps: Avoiding Motorways

  1. In order to avoid tolls, ferries and motorways, you will have to select the car icon, after you have already inserted both locations and then click on ‘Options’.
  2. A drop-down menu will appear and you can check what you want to avoid along the way, such as ‘Highways’ (Motorways).

Google Maps: Finding Traffic Information

  1. Next to the arrow sign from the left, top corner, you will see three white lines. Click on them to get to a menu.
  2. The second option is called ‘Traffic’, click it and you will see your route colored in different shades, showing how busy the streets are. If there is no traffic, you will see a green line. If it gets a bit slower, it will go orange and then red for slow and a darker red shade for very slow.

You can choose from ‘Live traffic’ or ‘Typical traffic’.

Google Maps: Cycle Routes

You can find your way on a bike in a city by choosing the option cycle and pressing the bicycle symbol. But you will also have to find bicycle friendly streets too, so Google Maps will take care of it.

  1. Go to the same three white lines from the left corner at the top and choose Bicycling.
  2. The map will show you a different route with other colors and the road that has a key in the middle is suggested for cycling. The road will have different colors, brown for dirt or unpaved trails, and dark green for trails.

Google Maps: Save Locations

Last but not the least important when you plan on travelling is saving locations for future reference. You can save them and when you need to go, you will just have to tap start on your phone! This is how you do it:

  1. Log into your Google Mail account and then click on those three white lines to open the menu (similar to step 1. from ‘Traffic’ and ‘Cycle’ options).
  2. Click on ‘Your places’ and set up some addresses as your ‘Home’ or ‘Work’ and so on. Save those addresses and if you want to create more, to change some information, or to delete it, you can always go back and customize that information.
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