A Hollywood, FL auto accident attorney shares apps that can help you avoid traffic – and accidents.
Hollywood, FL Auto Accident Attorney: Apps to Avoid Traffic (and Accidents)
Faulty machinery. Reckless driving. Driving under the influence. People distracted behind the wheel. There are many reasons that traffic accidents occur. But there’s a simple truth the statisticians often ignore: more people on the road means more accidents. Now that we are entering the holiday season, traffic in Hollywood, FL (and all over South Florida) is horrendous.
With that in mind, any tool that helps avoid, or at least minimize, traffic is worthwhile in my book. Below are some of the best iPhone apps available to help you avoid traffic – and therefore lower your chances of getting into a crash.
This free app offers live, real-time traffic conditions from the country’s top traffic company with the largest network of roadside traffic cameras in the nation. You’ll be able to see actual road speeds displayed – from fastest to slowest – as green, yellow, orange, or red.
Waze. Imagine Twitter for traffic and you have a good idea how this free app works. It’s basically a community where actual users report traffic conditions in real time. Waze uses those reports to create GPS traffic maps incorporating potential obstacles and slow-down areas. It takes a bit of getting used to, but users seem to love it.
- iTraffic. Basically a GPS map app that incorporates the most up-to-date traffic information when you plan your route. Billed as having constant updates – five times more than anyone else – their maps cover the US, Canada, the UK, Moscow, Hong Kong, and China. It costs $1.99 to download.
- PD Maps Worldwide. Globetrotters should be particularly interested in this app because it features GPS maps from around the world, complete with real-time traffic information. What’s the only thing worse than getting into an accident close to home? Getting into one in a foreign country where the laws may be different. You can even download maps to use offline if you want to spare your internet connection.
- Traffic Updates. Whether you are worried about delays due to construction, bad road conditions, or congestion, this $.99 app has you covered with 24/7, up-to-the-minute updates. By showing you the various delays present on particular routes, the Traffic Updates app enables you to choose a different, potentially faster route. What’s nice is the detail – there are even estimated delay times to help you decide whether a different path is worth it.
- MyLiveTraffic. Similar to Waze, this app relies on user input to update traffic conditions. In fact, the description boasts that it doesn’t use any official traffic information sources. What it does instead is monitor the average speed of users as they drive with the app running to create a traffic report. When you see that a particular route is slow at a specific time, you’ll know that the information comes from an actual driver experiencing those conditions. The service is free, but the app is $1.99.
Remember, less traffic means fewer accidents. And it makes sense why. Not only do you cut down on drunk, reckless, tired, and distracted drivers just on the basis of sheer numbers, you decrease stressful driving conditions for yourself and increase the likelihood that you will reach your destination faster. It’s a win-win situation.
Unfortunately, no matter what you do, there’s no way to bring your chances of an accident down to zero. If you or a loved one is injured due to the actions of a negligent driver, get in touch with a Hollywood auto accident attorney immediately to fight for the compensation you need to help your recovery.
Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Whatever you celebrate: please drive safely this holiday season.