Traveling this weekend like me? This week is one of the biggest travel weeks of the year with many schools on spring break, plus the Easter holiday. Last trip, my family was traveling north on I-95 on Saturday from Georgia to South Carolina in route to Hilton Head Island and came to a complete stop. I thought we were going to be stuck there for hours!
Fortunately, I had recently downloaded the WAZE app to my iPhone.
Waze (www.Waze.com) is a free social mobile app for iPhones, iPads, Android and most mobile platforms that aids drivers with live maps, real-time traffic updates and turn-by-turn navigation for a local commute or long trip. It’s powered by user updates showing traffic, accidents, police cars and construction.
I was able to scan ahead and see that the traffic jam went on for at least 10 miles. We were within 30 miles of our destination and I knew there was an alternate route by taking the more scenic back roads. With the help of Waze, I was able to get off at the next exit and see the alternative route. At times the alternate route can be even more backed up than the primary route but I was able to see that it was clear ahead.
In the future, I will keep the WAZE app open so I can plan ahead with no more last minute traffic jam surprises.