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Old 06-08-2014, 04:45 PM   #1
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Travel Times - Google maps vs Actual

What is your experience on % additional travel time to add to Google Maps (or other) estimated time (excluding pit or food stops)? We are heading on 2,000+ miles from Ga to Newfoundland in early July. We typically go 60-65 on Interstate hwy.
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My experience is that to match google time you better be driving in a Highway Patr0ol car with all the lights flashing and the siren blasting and never have slow down for traffic. Sal
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like sal said....
on a long trip i figure 50 mph average and i drive at 60 mph. add food, fuel, bathroom and rest stops to your time. that leaves me only a little slower than my estimates. i save the most time by combining food and fuel stops when i can. driving to save money on fuel rarely saves anything for me.
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I have found they are consistent IF: you don't stop and you don't hit traffic. I quite often use the google maps on my smart phone as a quick method to see how I am progressing. It is usually pretty accurate and will take into account traffic.

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When we travel without the Airstream I am finding them fairly consistent, when we're travelling with the trailer, we're adding 20-25%.
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I guess I am old fashioned, I still use a GPS not a smart phone. I like to watch the E.T.A. because it is adding minutes when I am going below 65 mph, and subtracting them above 65 mph. The total time of a stop is added to the E.T.A.. I am a person who thinks outside the box and knows that you always have to factor in the human factor that always makes a trip longer than what a computer device indicates.
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I always check the route from more than one source to see if there is a routing that better suits my plans. I don't use one source exclusively and look at a Road Atlas to make sure I agree with the proposed route. I too use 50 MPH as an average for time and it works pretty well. I've had the GPS take me ways I didn't want to go pulling a trailer. Trust but verify.

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