Unsafe GPS Truck Route Garmin Dezl

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Labrador, Dec 8, 2023.

  1. Labrador

    Labrador Medium Load Member

    473
    520
    May 31, 2018
    0
    Twice now my Garmin Dezl has routed me to a too low clearance bridge, one being 12'1" the other 13'6". I have the truck entered into the GPS as a tractor trailer with van. wtf? Is this unusual? Crap GPS software?
     
  2. Truckers Report Jobs

    Trucking Jobs in 30 seconds

    Every month 400 people find a job with the help of TruckersReport.

  3. lual

    lual Road Train Member

    3,317
    5,978
    Oct 22, 2020
    SW Georgia
    0
    When was the last time your Dezl had a software update from the Garmin website?

    Unless things have changed -- those updates are still free.

    -- L
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2023
  4. tarmadilo

    tarmadilo Road Train Member

    1,371
    3,485
    Dec 12, 2018
    0
    And 13’6” is (or should be) the lowest bridge height you can clear with a normal dry van.
     
  5. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

    4,283
    12,789
    May 3, 2016
    0
    A GPS is a good tool to have, but you should NEVER trust one. Always verify your route is safe by checking the commercial Atlas that you SHOULD be carrying.
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2023
  6. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

    12,046
    60,639
    Dec 9, 2011
    South west Missouri
    0
    Throw it out the window. Use an Atlas - and when you’re familiar with that - you can get a GPS.

    I have one - my buddy and I call it “The dashboard Genius”

    They’re an ornament at best.
     
  7. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

    12,046
    60,639
    Dec 9, 2011
    South west Missouri
    0
    Don’t matter - I have one. Update all you like, you always trip plan -

    Trip plans never include a GPS .
     
  8. 77fib77

    77fib77 Road Train Member

    8,589
    48,985
    Jul 7, 2010
    St Louis
    0
    Yeah it's happened to me too. My rand McNally told me togo down a street and boom 12' bridge. I was in WV in an old broke down area with little traffic, so I could turn around and find a different way to my drop. They don't update it. I got in the habit to Google map street view the last section of my runs and starting section, especially when working on the east coast.
     
    Bud A., MACK E-6 and Labrador Thank this.
  9. Iamoverit

    Iamoverit Medium Load Member

    382
    958
    Oct 31, 2023
    0
    Were you in NY? The reason I ask is because their signs are usually about a foot off true clearances. I use Google Maps Street View for my routes off the highways to confirm it's a legitimate route otherwise.
     
  10. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    20,722
    100,945
    Dec 18, 2011
    Michigan
    0
    Have any of you guys ever just sent Garmin a note about the problem with the route?

    You do know they depend on people like you to fix these problems because they don't have people driving around looking at bridges.
     
  11. ibcalm19

    ibcalm19 Road Train Member

    1,439
    2,399
    Nov 30, 2015
    Pennsylvania
    0
  • Truckers Report Jobs

    Trucking Jobs in 30 seconds

    Every month 400 people find a job with the help of TruckersReport.