Getting driving directions on your iPhone is a breeze. Just open the Maps app, type in the address for where you want to go, and you will quickly get directions to that spot. You can even ask Siri to give you the directions, and the personal assistant will gladly comply. However, the Maps app will always highlight the toll roads and bridges, if those routes are faster. If you want to avoid paying tolls, you can accomplish that in iOS Maps in just a few easy steps.
Avoid Toll Roads in Your Driving Directions
When you ask Maps for driving directions on iOS, the default setting has the app include toll roads any time they lead to a faster route. While you can certainly scroll through all of the available routes to find one that doesn’t use toll roads, it’s easier if you can get those toll-free driving directions at the top of the list. It only takes a few steps to convince Maps to do that for you.
Once you’ve typed in where you want to go and asked Maps to give you driving directions, click and drag the handle just above the location name.
Next, tap Driving Options.
On the screen that pops up, you’ll want to toggle Tolls on under the word Avoid. This instructs Maps to avoid toll roads, saving you money. If you want a truly scenic route, you could also toggle Highways on to get driving directions using only back roads. Once you’ve finished your settings, tap Done.
Now you’ll see the fastest route that avoids tolls at the top of the list. You’ll also notice that other sets of driving directions that bypass toll roads are also marked as such. Routes that do require tolls may still be in the list, especially if they are the fastest paths, but it will be much easier to select driving directions that circumvent paying tolls.
Of Course, There Are Other Apps for Driving Directions
Naturally, there are a variety of other apps that help you get driving directions. TomTom has its own app, and there’s the ever-popular Waze. Even Google Maps offers you driving directions with turn-by-turn routing. What’s your favorite app for getting from one place to another? Let us know in the comments.