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What is Garmin Drive 50?

Garmin Drive GPS navigators provide driver alerts to encourage safer driving and increase situational awareness. Warnings include alerts for sharp curves, speed changes, railroad crossings and animal crossings. Additionally, Garmin Drive notifies you when driving the wrong way on a one-way street and sends warnings for nearby school zones. Receive alerts for nearby red light and speed cameras. For longer drives, a fatigue warning suggests break times and potential rest areas after hours of driving. The Up Ahead feature lets you easily see places up ahead and milestones along your route, without leaving the map view.

For a smoother ride, the Garmin Drive GPS navigator features helpful driver alerts, live traffic information and map updates. Spend less time circling the block with help from real-time parking information and easily navigate with spoken directions that guide like a friend. Plus, travel points of interest from TripAdvisor help you find popular stops and attractions along the way.

How to use the Garmin Drive 50 map?

You can use the map to navigate a route or to view a map of your surroundings when no route is active.


  • Select View Map.
  • Touch anywhere on the map.
  • Select an option:
  • Drag the map to pan left, right, up, or down.
  • To zoom in or out, select Zoom in or Zoom out.
  • To switch between North Up and 3-D views, select Change map view.
  • To filter the displayed points of interest by category, select Search.
  • To start a route, select a location on the map, and select Go!

How to add a location to your route?

Before you can add a location to your route, you must be navigating a route (Starting a Route).

You can add locations to the middle or end of your route. For example, you can add a fuel station as the next destination in your route.

1. From the map, select Back to previous page > Where To.

2. Search for a location (Finding and Saving Locations).

3. Select a location.

Select Go.

Select an option:

  • To add the location as the next destination in your route, select Add As Next Stop.
  • To add the location to the end of your route, select Add As Last Stop.
  • To add the location and edit the order of destinations in your route, select Add to Active Route.

The device re-calculates the route to include the added location and guides you to the destinations in order.

How to update Garmin Drive 50?

Connect your device to your computer.

Before beginning the update, you’ll to connect your Garmin GPS device to a computer. To do this, remove it from your car, truck, or motorcycle and make sure the device is powered on. Using a mini USB cable, hook the GPS to your laptop and wait while the progress bar scrolls. If you have connected the device before, prompts should begin automatically. If it is your first time, you may need to manually sign in to your Garmin account before starting.

Install Garmin Express

Next, you will need to make sure Garmin Express is installed on your computer by navigating to the Garmin Express download page and selecting either Download for Windows or Download for Mac. Once the appropriate file downloads, click the install button and follow the on-screen prompts.

Access or purchase updates

Now it is time to install your updates. If Garmin Express has not already opened on your computer after installing, select it and make sure your internet connection is working properly. Click Add a Device and locate your GPS. The app will search for any available updates and offer you a list. Click Select All and keep your device connected while the updates install. Once complete, you will have all available apps that are either free or came standard with your device. If you did not purchase lifetime updates, you may need to purchase them at this time.

Disconnect your device

When you have finished installing the free updates (or purchased anything new), select Eject to safely disconnect your device and unplug the USB cable. Once unplugged, simply install your GPS back in your desired vehicle and rest assured your directions will (hopefully) be accurate.

What are the Features of Garmin Drive 50?

  • Easy-to-use, dedicated GPS navigator with 5.0-inch dual-orientation display.
  • Preloaded with detailed maps either of the U.S. (lower 49 states) or U.S. and Canada.
  • Driver alerts for increased awareness, including upcoming sharp curves, school zones, speed changes and more.
  • Garmin Real Directions feature guides like a friend, using landmarks and traffic lights.
  • Find new and popular restaurants, shops and more with Foursquare.

How to connect the device to Vehicle Power?

Before you use your device on battery power, you should chargeit.

  • Plug the vehicle power cableinto the USB port on thedevice.
  • Press the mountonto the suction cupuntil it snaps into place.
  • Press the suction cup to the windshield, and flip the leverback toward the windshield.
  • Fit the tab on the top of the mount into the slot on the back ofthe device.
  • Press the bottom of the mount into the device until it clicks
  • Plug the other end of the vehicle power cable into a poweroutlet in your vehicle.

How to change the route calculation mode?

Select Settings > Navigation > Calculation Mode.

Select an option:

  • Select Faster Time to calculate routes that are faster to drive but can be longer in distance.
  • Select Off Road to calculate point-to-point routes (without roads).
  • Select Shorter Distance to calculate routes that are shorter in distance but can take more time to drive.

Starting a Route by Using the Map

You can start route by selecting a location from the map.

Select View Map.

Drag and zoom the map to display the area to search.

If necessary, select Search to filter the displayed points of interest by category.Location markers (Location marker or a blue dot) appear on the map.

Select an option:

  • Select a location marker.
  • Select a point, such as a street, intersection, or address location.

Select Go.