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by The Google Map Makerpedia team
Learn about how to add and edit directions in Google Map Maker.
Google provides a set of tools with which you can create your own maps: Google Maps and Google Map Maker. Google Map Maker allows users to create and modify directions.
You can get directions to and from locations in Map Maker. You'll notice that this looks like a simpler version of the directions feature on maps.google.com. However, there's one distinct feature -- at every turn displayed in the directions, you can edit 'turn restrictions'.
Turn restrictions allow you to indicate if the turn from one road on to another (or a U-turn) is allowed or not. As you can imagine, this is crucial information when creating driving directions.
Driving Directions from Point A (Kasempa) to Point B (Kaoma) in Zambia on Google Map Maker.
Depending on our location, you can get directions from one location to another. To do this, do one of the following:
Directions appear on the maps as a blue line. Google Maps breaks down directions into numbered sections in the left panel, along with an estimated drive time. You can click on any section number to display a info window with map detail. You can collapse or expand this view by clicking - or +.
Want directions, but prefer to skip major highways? Check Avoid highways at the top of the left panel. To reverse directions, click the appropriate link at the top of the left panel. To change the starting or ending locations of the directions, click Edit beside the location. Change the distance units for these directions, click km (kilometers) or miles. Where available, highway exit numbers are marked with an appropriate icon. Example:
The first step is simple: use the Get Directions boxes to get directions between two places, just like you would using maps.google.com. If the directions look good, that's great. If the directions are not quite accurate, you can use Map Maker to correct them.
Here are some issues you might notice in your driving directions, and how you can correct them:
Click on the Edit link in the left hand panel for the direction that you want to change, and select Edit turn restrictions:
This happens when the road itself is not named. To fix this, name the road or add landmarks to help users visually:
There could be several reasons for this. Look carefully at the sections of the major roads that directions should have used and verify / edit the following to fix this issue:
This is probably because the road is missing a one-way marker. Right click on the road section that should be one-way, select the section, edit it and mark it as one-way in the appropriate direction.
If your directions are using roads that, while accessible, aren't ideal for driving, edit the sections of the road in question and mark them as 'dirt' and/or reduce the number of lanes and the speed.
Change the priority of such roads to 'terminal' and these roads will only be used when people are going to places inside the campus or community.
This happens ramps or off-ramps are incorrectly marked. 'On-ramps' are roads that connect a road to a highway. 'Off-ramps' are roads that connect from a highway to another road. The attributes of such road sections need to be marked as either 'On-ramps' or 'Off-ramps.'
When you come across a roundabout (aka circle) and the directions don't say "Take Nth exit at circle," this means the road sections that form the roundabout/ circle have not been categorized correctly. To fix this, select 'Roundabout' from the drop down menu under 'Segment usage' for all the road sections in the roundabout/ circle.
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