If you first click on 'Route lab' and then on '+ Create a new route', you'll land in our advanced route editor.
In the route editor, you can:
- Create routes by placing route points;
- Manage favorites and POIs (Points of Interest):
- Search and directly book a hotel;
Save the route on your hard drive in the most common file formats;
- Export the route to the most common navigational systems;
- Share the route by e-mail, Twitter, Facebook.
1. First, click on 'Route lab' and then on '+ Create a new route'.
- Enter the name of the route here and choose whether you want to set the route as private, visible for friends or visible for everyone.
2. The route editor will be opened and the route will automatically be saved in your route archive (Profile > Routes).
3. Create the route using the Google Maps map.
- Enter an address into the search bar on the top left to place a first route point;
- As soon as you start to type, Google Maps will show you search results;
- Or double click your mouse into the map to place a first route point;
4. A pop-up window will appear, Google Maps will automatically name your route point; you can remove this name and give it a name of your own.
- Click on accept if everything is according to your wishes
Naam van het routepunt = Name of the route point
Klik op 'Accepteren' als alles goed staat = Click on 'Accept' if everything is according to your wishes
5. A first route point will appear in the map, the route point will also be shown on the left in the 'list of route points'.
6. If you click on the route point, a pop-up window will appear, in this window you have the following possibilities:
- You can change the name of the route point;
- You can completely zoom in on the route point;
- You can search, find and book a hotel in the surrounding of the route point;
- You can turn the route point into a 'favorite' route point, the 'favorite route point' will be saved on the left side in the list of route points as well as in the list of your favorites in the app;
- You can turn the route point into your starting point, this is really convenient if you are using somebody else's route;
- You can remove the route point;
- You can navigate to the next route point.
7. For a next route point, you can double click on the map or enter an address again as seen in point 3:
- Google Maps will calculate the fastest route between the first and the second route point;
- The distance and estimated duration will be shown on the left in the list of route points.
8. You can move the route point to change the course of the route:
- Put your mouse on the route line and click on the left mouse button;
- The 'hand' will turn into 'fingers', now you can drag the route line by holding the left mouse button pressed;
- Wherever you let go of the left mouse button, a new route point will appear, the route has now been changed.
9. Now you can complete the route by placing route points as mentioned in point 3 and point 7 and dragging the route lines as mentioned in point 8:
- The route you have created will automatically be saved under 'Profile' > 'Routes';
- See a completed route as example in the image below.
10. Tips & tricks
- In the next manuals we'll go deeper into the matter, for example we'll play with various maps and toolkit functionalities;
- I myself usually create a route by turning landmarks and pretty roads that I found on the internet into route points. Then you'll have for example 6 route points for 250 kilometers, Between these 6 route points I drag the blue line until I think I have a nice route. Six route points for 250 kilometers is not enough, so I use the toolkit functionality 'expand'.;
- Once I created a route, I check all the route points by completely zooming in and checking if they are all put on the road correctly and if they are on the correct side of the road;
- When it comes to landmarks and places to have lunch, I use satellite, OpenStreetMap and MapQuest to check if the route points have been correctly placed;
- If I doubt whether the road I chose is nice, I check it using the other maps;
- It's also important not to place route points on roundabouts, near an exit or a drive-up. Every GPS has an error margin; if a route points is placed 2 meters in front of an exit, the route point might be placed on that exit in your GPS and then it will send you into the wrong direction. Avoid placing route points on split lanes. If the route point is placed on the wrong lane, your navigational system will make you drive extra rounds;
- Watch an instructional video below.