How to Use Google Maps to Avoid Highways

Running from the law? Stuck on a moped that can’t go over 50 miles per hour? No worries. Whatever your reason (we don’t need to know), Google Maps makes it easy to avoid highways on your iPhone. You can easily turn off highways in Google Maps options, and get directions that steer clear of those highly populated highways. The alternative route will likely take more time, but if back roads are what you want, Google Maps can help. Here’s how to use Google Maps to avoid highways.

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Google Maps is one of the most tricked-out free apps for GPS navigation you can get. Like the rest of Google’s fleet of apps, it’s user friendly and uses your Google account for logging in. To get directions that will avoid highways, follow these steps.

  • If you haven’t already, download Google maps in the App Store.

  • Open the app and search for your destination.

  • Tap the blue button in the lower right corner.

  • Enter your “from” address or use your current location.

  • Tap the three vertical dots right of the search boxes.

  • Select Route Options.

  • Toggle on Avoid Highways.

  • Tap the back arrow to return to the map.

  • Tap the blue circle with a white arrow pointing up to begin navigating.

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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or watching anime. Her personal blog can be found at connerleecarey.com; you can also follow her on twitter @connerleecarey.