1. In advance:
The Google Maps toolkit is a powerful list of options to customize and improve your route. To access the Google Maps toolkit, you must first convert your road map to Google Maps.
1. Make sure that "Google Maps" is selected here
2. Click here to open the Toolkit
2. The Toolkit
By clicking on one of the toolkit functions your route will be adjusted. The moment you open the toolkit again, a check mark will appear behind the function. If you prefer not to want a function to be applied to your route, you can click on the function again. This will remove the check mark and your route will return to the original state.
Here is a comprehensive overview of the possibilities the Google Maps Toolkit offers for your route:
1 Avoid motorway
If you check 'Avoid Motorway' then the current route will be converted to a route that tries to deviate as much as possible from the motorway. The alternative route will drive more on N-roads for example.
2 Avoid toll roads
By checking this functionality your route will try to calculate an alternative without having to drive past toll roads. Especially for planning a trip through Europe, this functionality is very useful.
If you click here, Google Maps will draw a straight line from route point A to route point B. In other words, no route calculation on roads. Then you can place waypoints next to the road and find your way offroad by driving from route point to route point.
Gold Toolkit functions
Gold membership gives access to a variety of additional functions on MyRoute-app. This also includes functions within the Google Maps Toolkit. As Gold User you have access to the following additional functionalities:
Expand refers to expanding the number of waypoints on your route. When you click 'expand' in your toolkit, the following window appears:
Here you can specify the number of waypoints with which you want to extend your route (max 100 points)
Reducing is the counterpart of expanding. With this functionality you are able to reduce the number of way points to the desired number.
This functionality is often used by delivery services. What optimization does is that it calculates the most fast (efficient) route for the route points you specify. Your route is thus optimized and your route points are retained during this process.
This functionality turns your route around, making the start of your route your endpoint and the old endpoint your starting point. This function can be very useful when, for example, you want to plan a route for a drive back.
When you click on this tool you get the possibility to divide the route into multiple parts. You will be shown a list of route points. Clicking on a route point will be the end point of one part and the starting point of the next part.
8.1 The default starting point (can not be modified)
8.2 This route point has been clicked to split it
8.3 The green part is route 1 and the orange part is the second and last part.
8.1 The name of the split route part 1
8.2 The name of the split route part 2
8.3 Split the route
9 Compare route with
Here you can compare your route with the calculation of another map service. The black line shown is the original calculation of your route, the other shows the calculation of the other map service.
10. Fit screen
By clicking on 'Show full' your screen is automatically zoomed out to the ideal format to view your route.
11 Ask for waypoint name
By checking this functionality, you will now be given a pop-up window during the installation of a waypoint with the question of how you want to call your new route point. If you still want to change the name of a route point without using the 'demand for route point name', you can always click on a route point and click on 'Rename'.
12 'Place way-point' button
By clicking on this button an extra button will appear in the screen together with an indicator where the center of the screen is. By clicking this button a route point is placed exactly in the middle of your screen. This way you can place a route point very precisely. This is very useful on devices with small screens such as tablets and smartphones.
13 Transparency route line
The route line runs on roads and therefore sometimes you do not see how a certain street is called. By setting the transparency here, it is possible to see this kind of information.
The higher the percentage, the more transparent the line. At 0% the line is black while the line at 100% is completely transparent.