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Old 12-15-2009, 08:26 PM   #1
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Low Clearance GPS

Hi everyone,

A few months ago I started using the lowclearances.com database on my
Garmin and I was asked by several people (on this forum and others) to
let them know what I thought of it.

Well Iím not much of a reviewer but in a nutshell I am impressed. It was
very easy to install, and all the hazards it has alerted me to were accurate
in location and height. So far there have been several updates of around
200 new entries which is excellent, and any questions I have emailed to
them have been answered promptly and to my satisfaction.

On a relevant note, does anyone know how big a problem low clearance
accidents are in the USA, how many bridge strikes occur every year, and
how much it costs in damages etc. I was discussing this at my local motor
club and none of us could find any information on the internet.

Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:58 PM   #2
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i don't know the stats but you could try researching "The Hutchinson River Parkway" in NY. it is a frequent problem as this parkway and others were built exclusively for cars.

you can start here:
http://publicsafety.westchestergov.c...51&Itemid=2038
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Thumbs up Now that we have the motorhome I want this

I would've like to have had this driving the Excella along the Washington side of the Columbia river. I had forgotten about all the old narrow tunnels. I'm plunking down the $19.95.
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:21 AM   #4
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i don't know the stats but you could try researching "The Hutchinson River Parkway" in NY. it is a frequent problem as this parkway and others were built exclusively for cars.
The New York city Parkway system was specifically designed by Robert Moses to preclude them being used by Buses. Buses were then the transportation of the then LOWER CLASSES and he designed the system for those with cars.

The curves and bridges were designed as the limiting factor.
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Thanks for the information. I checked the link you posted. I am surprised that it works with the other brands of GPS. What GPS are you using it with? Does it give you audible warnings or just place the bridge on the display? Regards,
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Hi everyone, .................................................. .................................................. ........

does anyone know how big a problem low clearance
accidents are in the USA, how many bridge strikes occur every year, and
how much it costs in damages etc. I was discussing this at my local motor
club and none of us could find any information on the internet.

Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks.
I ran across a program on TV the other day. It was videos of trucks hitting overpasses. Mostly security camera footage. I was amazed by what I saw. There was one particular overpass That had huge warning signs and also had some type of system that measured the height of approaching vehicles and flashed giant yellow warning lights if the vehicle was too tall. There was one truck that hit it while a truck that previously hit it was still parked on the other side with its cargo scattered all over.
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I am setting it up on my Garmin Nuvi 760. You need to know the height of your vehicles for a customized POI (Point Of Interest) install. Not mandatory though. And I'm happy to see that Garmin has a free POI installer for the Mac too. More after I finish.
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Thanks for the information. I checked the link you posted. I am surprised that it works with the other brands of GPS. What GPS are you using it with? Does it give you audible warnings or just place the bridge on the display? Regards,
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Hi w7ts,

I use a pretty basic Garmin 255W, and it does give an audible warning.
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