Driving to a certain place for the first time and not knowing the place very well can be a nightmare. If you don't want to purchase a GPS system for your car, you can still enjoy the same turn-by-turn voice guided navigation on your Windows Phone using an app called Here Drive+. This app has rapidly become one of the most used and highly-rated apps of its kind, mostly because it's well organized, it has many useful features and it's fast and accurate. In this article we will show you how to set a route in Here Drive+, how to customize the app and how to enable voice guided navigation. Let's get started:
How To Set A Destination Using Here Drive+
If you haven't installed Here Drive+ yet, click or tap here to get it for free. Install this app and you're ready to go.
The most important thing a navigation app should do is to take you where you need to go, using precise and quality maps. The Here Drive+ app manages to do so and it will rapidly become your favourite GPS app.
To set a destination, tap the lower part of the screen to open the main menu. From the main menu, select Set destination.
Type the address or the place in the text box and select one of the suggestions presented.
Now, a map with your location will appear and below you'll see the distance towards it. Swipe to the left or right to find locations with a similar name. Choose the location you want, tap drive to and the app will automatically find a route to your destination.
The app will display the travel time and the distance you will have to drive. Tap the left button placed at the upper part of the menu to see the directions turn-by-turn. Tap start and you're ready to go.
How To Customize Your Route Using Here Drive+
What makes Here Drive+ such a great app is the fact that you can configure most of its features. In the following section we will show how you can change the way the app calculates a route and how to customize the Speed Limit for your route.
First, go to the main menu and tap Settings.
At the top of the Speed Limit Warning screen, you can enable this feature and below you can check play audio alert.
To set by how much you can exceed the limit before being warned, drag the Tell me if my speed exceeds the limit by slider. You can set a limit for speeds under 80 km/h (50 mph) and another limit for speeds over 80 km/h (50 mph).
Sometimes, Here Drive+ doesn't display a speed limit. This might occur because speed limit info is provided for most larger roads, but for smaller streets it may not be available.
Another setting screen available for your route is called Route Settings and it is also found on the main Settings screen.
At the top of the screen you have the Route optimisation option. If you tap this option you can choose the Faster route, the Shorter route or the Balanced route.
Also, in the Route Settings screen you can choose what type of streets the app should avoid while calculating a route. This way you can avoid Toll roads, Ferries or Unpaved roads. Just tap any of them to enable or to disable them.
How To Use The Voice Guided Navigation Using Here Drive+
By default, voice navigation is enabled and it will guide you turn-by-turn. But, if for any reason you can't hear anything or the voice isn't in your native language you might have to download a new voice pack. To do this, go to the main menu and tap Settings.
Next, tap Navigation voice from the settings list.
Now, you can choose a voice which is already downloaded or you can download a new one. To download a new voice, tap download new. Also, you can disable this feature if you check None.
Scroll down to find the language you want to use. Some of the packs use a text-to-speech feature which will let you hear the street names. If you want your street names announced install the voice pack where the description shows: "announced street names".
Now, the voice you chose will download to your Windows Phone and it will be ready to use. Just set a destination and turn the volume up.
As you can see from this guide the app is quite comprehensive, but well organized so you don't have to fiddle with your phone too much while driving. Here Drive+ has a lot of features which make it one of the best GPS navigation apps on the market and we strongly recommend it. If you have any questions regarding the features of this app don't hesitate to share them with us in the comments below.