Many Google Maps users complained about the app often directing them to dirt roads instead of paved roads or major roads.
That’s really annoying, especially if Maps takes you on back roads that are unmaintained.
If you’re wondering if there are some kind of settings to force the app to stay on paved roads, keep on reading this guide to learn the answer.
Can I Avoid Dirt Roads When Using Google Maps?
Currently, there’s no bullet-proof way to avoid dirt roads when using Google’s GPS and navigation app.
Google Maps does not have a built-in option to avoid dirt roads, the same way you can avoid toll roads, for example. There are only three criteria you can use when filtering routes: highways, tolls, and ferries.
Use Street View
If you want to make sure you’re not going down a back road, you can use the Street View feature.
Keep in mind that in some areas, only the paved roads are covered by Street View. If the Street View option is not available for certain roads, this could be a good indication the respective road is not paved.
Or you can simply enable this option to have a quick look and see if the road you’re planning to take is indeed paved or not.
By the way, if Google Maps is not showing Street View and this is only a purely technical problem, check out this troubleshooting guide.
Use a Printed Road Map
Use a really good detailed printed road map. Paper maps are more reliable than many navigation apps, especially when it comes to long road trips.
Following your GPS blindly may take to you unmaintained dirt roads which may unfold unpleasant surprises. If you’re not a local and you’re not familiar with the local roads and their condition, it’s always best to stay on major roads.
Unless your destination is a dirt road, don’t drive down one when you see it in front of you. Stick to paved roads. Google Maps should quickly recalculate your route. Always make safe choices when driving.
Ask Google To Add This Feature
Meanwhile, you can submit your feedback about Maps to Google and let them know why such a feature would be really helpful to users.