The Best Google Maps Features for Planning Your Next Road Trip

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Road trip planning can be exciting and Google Maps gives you live navigation which is capable of taking you almost anywhere in the world. It transforms your journey into a seamless and satisfying experience. To make your road trip smoother and more enjoyable Google Maps offers the best features.

In this blog post, we will discuss the top features of Google Maps that can significantly enhance your road trip.

  1. Route Planning and Multiple Stops

    Route planning with multiple stops using Google Maps is simple and highly effective. Multiple stops in Google Maps allow you to add multiple destinations to your route. For choosing the best fit for your needs the alternate routes provide different options.

    Now let’s see the steps for route planning and multiple stops. Install the Google Maps app, then tap on the search bar and enter your starting location. Now enter your first destination by tapping on “Directions”.

    Add multiple stops by tapping the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner then select “Add stop.” To add more stops enter the next destination and repeat this process. Now rearrange stops by tapping and holding the three horizontal lines next to each stop to drag them. Choose the route options by tapping on the options button next to the starting point.

    Review your route and make sure all stops are correct start the navigation by tapping on “Start”.

  2. Learn More: Google Maps Route Navigation

  3. Real-Time Traffic Updates

    Another best feature of Google Maps is real-time traffic updates which helps to avoid traffic jams and delays with live traffic information. The feature can predict traffic conditions based on historical data to choose the optimal departure time. Google Maps gathers data and provides your real-time location on the map including estimated travel times and current traffic speeds.

  4. Save maps to your phone

    Google Maps has a saving maps feature which is very travel-friendly. You can effectively plan and organize your road trips, also you can ensure that all the places you want to visit are easily accessible.

    Now let’s see how to save maps to your phone. Firstly, tap the “Saved” tab at the bottom of the Google Maps. Create new lists, then the homepage will pop up with an “Add” button you can use to find locations. Tap “Save” and select the list that needs to be added.

  5. Download maps to use offline

    Google Maps has an offline maps feature which is useful for road trips, especially in areas where internet connectivity is unreliable or unavailable. Here’s how to download maps for offline use and some tips for maximizing their utility.

    To use this feature,

    1. Select the profile picture in the top right corner of the screen.
    2. Then tap on “Offline maps,”.
    3. Then choose “Select your map.”
    4. Zoom in or out on the map to select the area you’d like to have access to when offline and then tap “Download.”
    5. Now you can use it to navigate without any internet connectivity.
  6. Figure out the best time to visit a place

    Figuring out the best time to visit a place using Google Maps involves checking several features. They provide information on popular times, peak times, and seasonal trends. Once you’ve decided on your road trip on Google Maps, you’ll find a chart showing popular times. It also shows you how busy the place typically is during different times of day. You can even see how busy a place is right now so you can save time and avoid long lines.

Some Advantages Of Google Maps

Real-time traffic updates: Google Maps provides real-time updates on traffic situations. It highlights the high-traffic parts of the route as red and helps you plan your routes more efficiently and avoid traffic jams.

Auto re-routing: With auto re-routing, Google Maps is actively working to keep you on the right track. It enhances the overall navigation experience and updated info about tolls & road closures.

Different transportation modes: Google Maps supports various transportation modes and provides detailed directions. Suggestions make it easy to navigate using your preferred method of transportation.

Read More: Google Maps Route Planner App: 7 Reasons It Won’t Make Your Journey Seamless

Final Thoughts

Google Maps has great advantages and features, it optimizes the routes with more than two addresses. It gives you the most efficient route between start and end locations.

If you are looking for the best route for a road trip with multiple locations, Google Maps will help by integrating with Zeo Route Planner. Route optimization helps you to find the most efficient in terms of distance, time, and cost. It can further optimize your routes, ensuring you reach your destinations with maximum efficiency. By leveraging the power of both platforms, you can streamline your travel planning process and enjoy smoother journeys.

Schedule a free demo with us to learn more about Google Maps with Zeo to optimize your road trip.

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    How to Create Route?

    How do I add stop by typing and searching? Web

    Follow these steps to add a stop by typing and searching:

    • Go to Playground Page. You will find a search box in top left.
    • Type in your desired stop and it will show search results as you type.
    • Select one of the search results to add the stop to list of unassigned stops.

    How do I import stops in bulk from an excel file? Web

    Follow these steps to add stops in bulk using an excel file:

    • Go to Playground Page.
    • In top right corner you will see import icon. Press on that icon & a modal will open.
    • If you already have an excel file, press the “Upload stops via flat file” button & a new window will open up.
    • If you don’t have an existing file, you can download a sample file and input all your data accordingly, then upload it.
    • In the new window, upload your file and match the headers & confirm mappings.
    • Review your confirmed data and add the stop.

    How do I import stops from an image? Mobile

    Follow these steps to add stops in bulk by uploading an image:

    • Go to Zeo Route Planner App and open On Ride page.
    • Bottom bar has 3 icons in left. Press on image icon.
    • Select the image from gallery if you already have one or take a picture if you don’t have existing.
    • Adjust the crop for the selected image & press crop.
    • Zeo will automatically detect the addresses from the image. Press on done and then save & optimize to create route.

    How do I add a stop using Latitude and Longitude? Mobile

    Follow these steps to add stop if you have Latitude & Longitude of the address:

    • Go to Zeo Route Planner App and open On Ride page.
    • You will see a icon. Press on that icon & press on New Route.
    • If you already have an excel file, press the “Upload stops via flat file” button & a new window will open up.
    • Below search bar, select the “by lat long” option and then enter the latitude and longitude in the search bar.
    • You will see results in the search, select one of them.
    • Select additional options according to your need & click on “Done adding stops”.

    How do I add a using a QR Code? Mobile

    Follow these steps to add stop using QR Code:

    • Go to Zeo Route Planner App and open On Ride page.
    • You will see a icon. Press on that icon & press on New Route.
    • Bottom bar has 3 icons in left. Press on QR code icon.
    • It will open up a QR Code scanner. You can scan normal QR code as well as FedEx QR code and it will automatically detect address.
    • Add the stop to route with any additional options.

    How do I delete a stop? Mobile

    Follow these steps to delete a stop:

    • Go to Zeo Route Planner App and open On Ride page.
    • You will see a icon. Press on that icon & press on New Route.
    • Add some stops using any of the methods & click on save & optimize.
    • From the list of stops that you have, long press on any stop that you want to delete.
    • It will open window asking you to select the stops that you want to remove. Click on Remove button and it will delete the stop from your route.