What scale is the live traffic / route bar?

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    camper

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    The live traffic route bar on my old Go 750 showed queues, roadworks etc together with the distance to each one (and allowed you to tap the icon and get detailed info about each particular thing on your route).

    My new Go 5100 has much bigger icons in the traffic / route bar but as far as I can tell, no information about how far away they are.

    eg today I could see there was a petrol station ahead, followed by a traffic jam with a 12 minute delay. But there seemed to be no information regarding how far away the traffic jam was except that it was after the petrol station and nearer to me than my destination was. Nor could I work out the distance by the position of the jam on the bar as I had no idea what distance the whole bar represented.

    Any ideas how I make sense of the traffic bar?
     
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    "A remaining distance of 50 km on the route bar is split into 34 km (21 miles) at the top and 16
    km (9 miles) at the bottom. A remaining distance of 10 km on the route bar is split into 6.6 km (4 miles) at the top and 3.3 km (2 miles) at the bottom. The route bar is constantly updated as you drive."

    And I'm supposed to take all that in whilst driving!

    But nowhere does the manual say how I know how far ahead each symbol is, just how long a delay there is at each one. Selecting a symbol also doesn't say how far ahead it is

    The distance to the first symbol you will reach (just that one) is certainly shown at the bottom of the bar but only when you get very close to it, for example I can't choose to use a different route if I know there is a problem 50 miles away on the route TT chooses.
     
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    Tap on those signal and see what happens. First time it should be distance from current location.
    Some, if tapped a second time will give details of the incident and may offer an alternative route around a trouble spot.

    You can test that in demo mode at home.
     
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    I found that using a wide route bar shows the distances but the huge childish icons and large font means the route bar then takes up half the navigation screen. Don't know why they couldn't leave it alone like it was in the old versions eg go 750. Narrow route bar, perfectly easy to read small icons and with distances shown.

    "Tap on those signal".."Some, if tapped a second time"

    I'm not going to be tapping anywhere on my tom tom while driving at 70 mph down a motorway! If I wanted to tap screens so I can read additional text I'd use google maps on my phone. But using my phone while driving is illegal for a good reason, same reason I want to see information on my tom tom without having to touch it.
     
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