How Google Helps Keep Me Sane In The Car
When you’re on the road, there are so many times where you just want to scream!
Sometimes, it’s this sinking feeling of “Give Me A BREAK!” Because everyone is hitting the BRAKES. Traffic jams are the worst.
We drive our own cars vs. mass transt becuase we want control of where we’re going and how to get there…quickly. We’re a on-the-move-society. But snarls on the highway can just dampen the mood or bring the day to a screeching halt. It’s the worst feeling, isn’t it? There’s a couple of ways to help guage what’s ahead on the highways before you have to hit the breaks yourself.
For example, in the New York Tri-State Area, there’s a couple of options to help you with traffic reports on the radio:
- 1010 Wins – traffic on the “1’s” – 9:11, 9:21, 9:31, etc.
- 1130 Bloomberg Radio – traffic on the “5’s” – 9:15, 9:25, 9:35, etc
- 880 WCBS – traffic on the “8’s” – 9:08, 9:18, 9:28, etc.
Thus, you’re not more than 4 minutes away from the next traffic report. 9:01 (1010 Wins), 9:05 (Bloomberg), 9:08 (880am), 9:11 (1010 Wins again), etc, etc.
But it helps to know what you’re headed into BEFORE you turn on the engine. That’s where Google helps out tremendously by giving me a headsup before I take a longer trip out the door.
GoogleMaps has added a “TRAFFIC VIEW” to their mapping services. Along with Sattelite, Hybrid, and the regular Maps, you can now overlay real-time traffic information onto any map/directions that you pull up on Google Maps. RED, YELLOW, GREEN lines give you a quick glance on what’s happening on the roads.
If you need more details, you can hop over to sites like metrocommute.com that list specific traffic incident reports and construction/delay advisories in real-time.
Knowledge is power, and in this case, you can use it on yourself — to help keep you from boiling over in the car by avoiding the traffic jams or at least having the appropriate expectations when you’re behind that wheel.
What are some of the things you do when stuck on the road?