One of the most exciting features that accompanied the launch of the original iPhone had to do with the built-in GPS functionality it brought with it.
Gone were the days when you needed to buy an expensive, standalone GPS unit to keep with you in your car. Suddenly, you could get turn-by-turn directions between any two points at a moment’s notice.
Over the years, Apple even introduced a variety of other features that let you get even more use out of the built-in “Maps” app.
They introduced walking and even biking directions, for example, to help people who weren’t necessarily behind the wheel of a car at all.
These days, you can even tell your iPhone that you want to specifically avoid toll roads in your travels.
It may make the trip take a little longer, but it will also allow you to save some money at the same time.
Keep in mind that all of this is built right into the default “Maps” app, so you don’t actually have to download anything new from the iTunes App Store to get started.
Here’s how you can tell the “Maps” app that you want to avoid toll roads ahead of your next big trip.
1. Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
2. Scroll through the list of options on screen until you find the one labeled “Maps.” Tap on it.
3. Choose the option labeled “Driving” from the “Directions” portion of the window on the screen.
4. Locate the “Avoid” section of the screen. Tap once on the button to the right of the option labeled “Tolls.”
That’s it! Now, whenever you request directions from the “Maps” app, it will know to automatically choose a route that doesn’t encounter a toll road in any way.
Note that you can also avoid highways if you’d prefer to use the same method. Again, this might mean that your trip will take a bit longer than it otherwise would. But if you regularly encounter toll roads and you have absolutely no interest in doing so, this is a great way to enjoy a more scenic drive and save a little bit of money at the exact same time.
If you want to undo your changes, you can simply toggle off the “Avoid Tolls” feature in the same menu.