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  1. My wife and I prefer to avoid the interstates and travel at a more leisurely pace whenever possible. Years ago we discovered a pretty neat feature on our old TomTom GPS - by setting "maximum planning speed" for 45 mph, we discovered a wealth of back roads and small towns we would have otherwise missed. Unfortunately, TomTom quit supporting our unit so we started looking for a replacement that had the same feature. Around that time, TomTom decided to remove maximum speed from their entry-level units and now only has it on their RV and truck units (read more $$). Garmin also has it in their RV and truck offerings, but they're pretty expensive, as well. We've been looking (albeit not too hard) for a cost-effective solution ever since. A few years ago, we started searching for apps and found that CoPilot GPS had maximum speed (and offline maps), so we bought it for $10 with lifetime map updates, IIRC. Then CoPilot decided to move the feature to their truckers app which is only available via subscription. So we still own our original non-subscription copy and use it sometimes for off-line route planning when we don't have a cell signal, but we really miss the slow routes it used to give us. I tried Sygic a little over month ago, but it failed to load the maps during install on my Pixel phone, so I was unable to test it out. I contacted Sygic and was told "we are aware of the problem". So, in the hope that they'd fixed it, I tried again last week and got "your free trial has expired". That being not very helpful, I wrote off Sygic. Then, just yesterday, I found MapFactor Navigator. It has maximum speed in the vehicle profiles and is free when used with Open Street Maps. Or for $18 each you can buy TomTom car maps for the US, Canada, and Mexico or for around $50 each TomTom truck and RV maps (not that our Toyota MHs need to worry overmuch about most of the things semis and Class A RVs do). It's ad supported, but you can turn ads off for $2. Other "premium" features available for a few bucks each include heads-up display, online search, and alternative routes. The jury's still out, but it seems to do what we want during testing. I find the interface a bit kludgey, but expect that will improve as I get used to it. I was wondering if anyone else out there uses "maximum speed" like we do, and, if so, what software and/or hardware you use?
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