Traffic Apps to Reduce Drive Time

Written by greg on May 14, 2013

Whether you carry an iPhone or a Google android telephone, there are apps available to you that offer real-time traffic, driving routes and travel alerts. The latest innovation in traffic apps includes the real-time reporting of accidents and delays along routes with recommended alternative routes to save time.

One highly rated iPhone app is the INRIX application that offers real-time reporting, road construction and other delays and has been highly rated. For the Google user Beat the Traffic is a app offering hassle-free commuting in both the United States and Canada. Reportedly up to 2 million users have downloaded the Beat the Traffic App.

There are many other apps and programs designed to help commuters avoid traffic congestion and accidents on the highways. A word of caution, however, in that it is dangerous to be a distracted driver and looking at your cell phone screen while driving. If you choose to use these handy applications, do so before you leave your destination or when stopped in traffic so not to distract your attention from the highway when you’re driving.

A few other highly rated apps are Sigalert, Waze, and even Google maps for alternate routes. Other useful programs include the weather alert apps that can give you real-time reporting on whether conditions that may affect your travel and even streaming radio from your cell phone to make the driving delays more palatable.

Some of these apps can even be set up to alert you of conditions ahead and allow you to avoid getting stuck in some horrendous traffic jams.

Given the fact that Houston’s roadway construction has lagged behind the population growth, commuting issues have been a problem for many years for Houston suburban drivers. Currently, US 290 is almost unusable during peak traffic hours with the flow of traffic. 10 years ago, it was Interstate 10 that was almost unusable with the flow of traffic during peak hours.

Hopefully, the new grand Parkway will alleviate some of the traffic congestion for the Houston area. There is little doubt that highway such as US 290 are in desperate need of expansion.

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