Your navigation system should tell you more than just “Turn right here”


I’ve been known to tell people that Google Maps is better than Waze because Google Maps gives me much more detail when the voice gives me turn-by-turn directions.

When Waze would tell us “In 1/4 mile turn right,” Google Maps would say “In 1/4 mile, use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto West Lake Rd.” I so prefer the latter – the one in the blue bubble above. We are usually in areas where we’ve never been and we need all the detail we can get to be sure we’re taking the right roads.

Change the voice

What I’ve learned is that both Google and Waze can navigate with or without street names. It just depends on which voice you choose.

In Google Maps:

  1. 3-line menu, Settings, Navigation
  2. Voice selection – choose Default (English), speak street names

In Waze:

  1. Search then tap Gear in upper left
  2. Voice and Sound – choose English (US) – Jane, Including street names

No more wrong turns!

Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at She and her husband, Jim, produce a free weekly YouTube show called What Does This Button Do?  They have been Fulltime RVers, popular seminar presenters at RV Rallies, and regular contributors to for many years.


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Sharon B
3 months ago

I stopped using Google Maps. Something happened to mine and I can’t figure it out. Suddenly it started giving me directions that were way out of the way that took 3-4 times longer than the straight directions that I always used and new. It took me through neighborhoods that were way out of the way. Any info on that I’d appreciate.

Jim Thomas
3 months ago
Reply to  Sharon B

You may have accidentally selected the “avoid highways” route option. Go to settings, and unselect.

4 months ago

That’s great for google and waze… but is there ‘street name’ options for Here?

Thomas Becher
11 months ago

Read? A road map. There is no sentence structure, just lines and little colored figures. Just kidding, Don’t forget your compass. Can’t (read) a map if you don’t know up from down.

11 months ago

Learning HOW TO READ a Road MAP in conjunction with the GPS, will save your BUTT! Depending on a GPS all the time is a Very Bad Idea!

Tommy Molnar
11 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

Spot on, Jeff! Using only a GPS does not give you the ‘big picture’. Only a map of some kind does, and the big picture is what you want for actually knowing where you are and what is coming up.

Sharon B
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

you are right. There were a few times I landed at someone’s house instead of an office.