How to Activate My Lifetime Traffic for My Garmin Nuvi

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How to Activate My Lifetime Traffic for My Garmin Nuvi
NAVTEQ Lifetime Traffic helps you avoid backed-up highways. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

When you purchase certain Garmin Nuvi devices, you may be offered a free subscription to NAVTEQ Lifetime Traffic. This useful service lets you know, at a glance, the traffic conditions of any road or highway. This allows you to better plan your route or seek a detour before you are caught in a traffic jam. To activate your Lifetime Traffic subscription, you only need to turn the Garmin GPS on normally.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Connect the included power cable into your vehicle's cigarette lighter or power jack.

  2. 2

    Connect the other end of the cable to the Nuvi's power jack, or to the power jack of the Nuvi's GPS cradle.

  3. 3

    Turn on the Nuvi. Wait for the device to find a satellite signal. Tap "View Map."

  4. 4

    Wait a few minutes as the Nuvi finds the FM traffic signal. When a signal is found, look at the map to see the traffic conditions.

Tips and warnings

  • If a road is green on the map, there are no traffic issues. Yellow roads indicate a moderate traffic delay, and red roads mean there is a serious delay and traffic is not moving.

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