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TomTom MOBILE 5 / NAVIGATOR 5 Manual - 5

TomTom MOBILE 5 / NAVIGATOR 5 Manual

Advanced route planning

Find alternative...

Perhaps a route has been planned that you're not happy with? Perhaps you have been routed via a busy junction? Perhaps you spot road works up ahead? Or perhaps you really wanted to go 'via' one particular location? This is where the 'Find alternative...' option comes in.

Choose 'Travel via...' if you want to make sure the planned route goes past one particular location, perhaps to collect (or drop off) a letter or person. The new location is picked in exactly the same way as you would pick a departure point or destination, with the usual options of 'Home', 'Favourite', 'Address', 'Point Of Interest', and so on. Once selected, a new fastest route is calculated, making sure to include your 'via' location.

Tip: If you want to include more than a single 'via' location in your journey, use the comprehensive Itinerary feature instead, described later in this chapter.

If you spot signs of trouble (such as backed-up traffic or 'Delays ahead' warning signs), choose 'Avoid roadblock' . To save you time (when you're on the road), there are four presets. Estimate whether the blockage extends '100m', '500m', '2000m' or '5000m' ahead from your current position and then select the appropriate icon.


Once you've chosen a roadblock option, a new route is quickly calculated that avoids all roads for the chosen distance along the planned route, routing you right round the troubled area.

Tip: After choosing a roadblock option, look out for a turn direction on the screen almost immediately. If you continue into the 'blocked' area, you may want to use 'Find alternative...' and then 'Avoid roadblock' again, to recalculate your best route taking into account your new position.

If you want to avoid a particular road junction, perhaps because it's a known traffic black spot, choose 'Avoid part of route' . Use Arrow-head up and Arrow-head down to scroll through the current route instructions, choosing which junction you want to steer clear of. A new route will then be calculated.

Note: Any junctions that have already been passed are greyed out and can't be selected.

Finally, if you want an alternative route because you simply don't like the original, choose 'Calculate alternative' . As far as possible, a totally different set of roads is used. Once planned, an overview is shown, as usual, and you can choose 'Route' for detailed instructions or 'Done' to switch back to the main navigation view. You can keep asking for (increasingly inefficient) alternative routes using this method until the message 'No route found' appears. Choose 'Recalculate original' to return to the original best route.

TomTom Traffic

If you have enabled TomTom Traffic and have a valid subscription, you can also use the menu option 'Minimise traffic delays' to recalculate a route to your destination that takes into account all current traffic incidents. See the chapter on TomTom PLUS for more details.

Advanced planning

Although navigating from your current position is the function that you'll use most often, there may be times when you want to plan ahead. Choose 'Advanced planning' to look at the best route and journey time between any two given locations or perhaps to get directions that will help someone else get to your current position.

Tip: 'Advanced planning' may be found on another screen in the main menu. You may need to use Arrow-head in order to see it.


A familiar options screen, but this time asking where you want to depart from (a question which obviously wasn't needed when using 'Navigate to...')

Select your departure location in the usual way. You'll then be asked to 'Pick a destination', again with the usual choices. Finally, there's an extra question to answer, since you may be creating this route for someone else. Choose between 'Fastest route', 'Shortest route' (for motor vehicles), 'Avoid motorways', 'Walking route' (i.e. the shortest route, ignoring all traffic rules and excluding motorways), 'Bicycle route' (i.e. the shortest route obeying traffic rules but still excluding motorways) or 'Limited speed' (the quickest route for a vehicle of limited top speed, i.e. many road types are equally preferred, apart from motorways).


If you'd like this choice every time you navigate, or if you'd like to change the default setting, see 'Planning preferences'.

Once planned to your preference, the best route is shown on a suitably scaled map. As with 'Navigate to...', you can now select the 'Route' button to explore the detailed route instructions, as detailed in 'View route' below. Finally, select 'Done' to return to the main navigation view.

View route

If you already have a route planned, you can explore it in various ways by choosing 'View route' .

Choose 'Browse as text' for a simple list of the junctions involved and the distances (or times, use the 'Options' button to change the numbers shown) between them. Selecting an individual junction from this display or using 'Browse as images' instead presents each junction in 3D, with your turn instruction clearly marked. Use and to move backwards and forwards through your planned route.


'Browse as images' is a quick and powerful way to get a feel for the route you're about to travel.

Along similar lines, but animated, is 'Show route demo' , which simulates your journey at anything up to 500% of 'real time' (chosen using a simple slider). This works well for journeys within a town or city, but you'll prefer to use 'Browse as images' , mentioned above, for any journey of significant length. To stop the animation, choose 'View route' and then 'Stop route demo' .

Tip: When browsing a route as images, tap on the centre of the screen to switch between 2D and 3D views of each junction (not TomTom MOBILE users).

Finally, you can view your planned route on a traditional top-down map. Choose 'Browse map of route' to overlay the route onto a map that you can zoom and scroll around. See the chapter 'Maps' for more details of using this screen to your advantage. Or choose 'Show route summary' to display again the graphical overview of your route that was shown when it was first calculated.

Clear route

Choose 'Clear route' if you'd like to remove the currently planned route from all views. From this moment on, your position will still be tracked on the map, but no instructions or guidance will be provided.

Tip: You do not need to clear a route before planning a new one: this happens automatically.

Itinerary planning

Although 'Navigate to...' is fine for casual travel, it may be that you're planning a journey that's more ambitious. You may even want to save the details of this journey for future use or to pass them on to other users. Choose 'Itinerary planning' to create a new itinerary or amend an existing one.

An itinerary is essentially just a list of 'waypoints' and 'destinations'. Your best route is calculated, visiting each in turn (in the exact order you specify). In general, you'd add a 'destination' when you wanted countdown information to arrival on the main navigation view, otherwise you'd add a location as a 'waypoint' that simply has to be travelled through (i.e. it's the 'way you want to go').


A typical itinerary, showing both waypoints to be travelled through and destinations you want to arrive at.

When first started, the itinerary planner will be empty, of course. Use 'Add' to select locations in the normal way, choosing from 'Home', 'Favourite', 'Address', 'Recent destination', and so on. Each location will be added as a waypoint if the previous one was also a waypoint, otherwise it will be added as a destination.


Note that the exact menu options shown here will change depending on whether the current itinerary entry is a waypoint or destination, and on whether it has been visited already.

You can manage an individual entry in an itinerary by selecting it, after which you'll see the waypoint menu (above). Use 'Mark as waypoint' to change the entry from a destination to a waypoint, or 'Mark as destination' to change it from a waypoint to a destination.

Use 'Mark as 'visited'' to mark this itinerary entry and all preceding ones as completed, so that navigation will continue from the next (unvisited) entry. You can even go back and travel part of an itinerary again by selecting somewhere you've already been and using 'Mark as 'to visit'' , in which case this and all following itinerary entries will be included in navigation again.

'Delete item', 'Move item up' and 'Move item down' are self-explanatory.

If you want to save your itinerary for re-use in the future, or if you want to load a previous itinerary, choose 'Options', using 'Save itinerary' or 'Load itinerary' respectively. When saving, you can enter a name for the itinerary using the standard on-screen keyboard (by default it takes its name from your last destination).


By saving your itineraries, you can re-use them at a later date without having to re-enter any of the locations. Use this screen to save, load or delete an itinerary, or to start a new one.

Select 'Start navigation' on the 'Options' menu to start navigating.