Avoid This Mess

Don’t Hate Traffic — Avoid It

We hate congestion as much as you do. With traffic services on your navigator, you’ll avoid traffic caused by accidents, construction or other delays. Our traffic services work with your device to suggest alternate routes and guide you around trouble spots. It sifts through all kinds of traffic data to find you the quickest, most hassle-free route. Automatically. So you don’t have to mess with traffic.

HD Digital Traffic

Formerly 3D Digital Traffic

HD Digital Traffic

Garmin HD Digital Traffic® delivers updates as often as every 30 seconds over the HD Radio™ system. That’s up to 10 times more often than other analog traffic receivers.

Lifetime¹ HD Digital Traffic is included with select Prestige series nüvis. To get HD Digital Traffic on other compatible nüvis, simply add a GTM 60 traffic receiver. Check the coverage map³ for details.

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Live Traffic

Formerly 3D Live Traffic

Live Traffic

With the Smartphone Link app, Live Traffic delivers up-to-date “live” traffic information to your navigator using your existing mobile data plan².

Live Traffic is updated every 2 minutes and receives more than 1,000 messages every update cycle. This real-time information is available through a premium Smartphone Link subscription. Check the coverage map³ for details.

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Garmin Traffic

Formerly 3D Traffic

Garmin Traffic

Garmin Traffic delivers updates to our navigators over one of the most extensive traffic avoidance systems. The Garmin Traffic system checks traffic conditions more than 2 billion times a month to help you avoid delays due to accidents, construction or rush-hour congestion.

Lifetime¹ Traffic is included with select Advanced series nüvis. Check the coverage map³ for details.

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What is traffic avoidance?

Garmin Traffic delivers alerts about wrecks, slow downs and construction delays. It’s just like a radio traffic report, only you don’t have to wait for the radio station to air the report. Your navigator monitors traffic conditions automatically on your specific route and in your area³.

How does it help you?

A navigator with traffic services can let you know about delays on your route and suggest or automatically take alternate routes to guide you around the trouble spots.

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Where does the traffic data come from?

Traffic alerts come from a traffic data collection system that analyzes traffic flow data collected from more than 2 billion observation points every month:

  • data from millions of Garmin device owners
  • data from millions of cellular phone owners
  • incident reports
  • radio feeds of live information
  • news stations
  • historical traffic data from NAVTEQ Traffic Supply
  • historical traffic data from Garmin device owners
  • fixed traffic sensors on major roads giving extremely accurate traffic reports

Traffic data collected from more observation points, more often, helps your navigator find efficient driving routes for you.

Get a Device with Lifetime Traffic

Devices with “T” in the model name include lifetime traffic. So you don't have to purchase a separate traffic receiver or traffic subscription. Just plug it in and go.

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Add Traffic Services to Your Device

To get lifetime traffic on a traffic-compatible device, simply purchase a separate traffic receiver, such as the GTM 60 HD Digital Traffic Receiver or GTM 36. Make sure your device is compatible before purchasing.

Traveling to a new region?

Get traffic alerts at your destination by adding a traffic service for that region (traffic receiver and corresponding map required). Traveling to Europe? You may also need an antenna extension cable.

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¹Lifetime traffic extends for the useful life of your Garmin traffic receiver or as long as Garmin receives traffic data from its traffic supplier, whichever is shorter. A traffic receiver's "useful life" means the period during which the receiver (a) has the required technical capabilities to utilize current traffic data service and (b) is capable of operating as intended without major repairs. Traffic content not available in all areas.

²Contact your mobile service provider for more information about your service plan’s data and roaming rates.

³Not available in all areas. Check coverage maps for details. RDS and HD Coverage maps represent predicted RF signal density at a given location and are not intended to predict reception performance. Interference caused by geographic environment, receiver antenna type or nearby market frequencies may affect reception performance.