As I am preparing to get on the road to drive home I had to share two apps with you. I'm sure some of you already know but if not you are in for a treat!
Open the Google Maps app on your phone.
Click the hamburger icon in the upper left corner.
Return to the map.
I zoomed the map over to near Chicago to check out the flow of traffic.
If highway 80 was green it would be smooth sailing.
The section I highlighted above shows me in real time that this section of the road is very congested. When I am driving I appear on the map as a little blue dot. Real time navigation like this is fantastic.
Waze is a community-based navigation app. It gives you alerts about hazards in the road, stalled vehicles on the shoulder and where the speed traps are. I am pretty sure I have avoid a few shredded tires and maybe a ticket or three while use the app.
This is pretty close to the same section of highway 80 as shown above. What Waze will do is put these little icon on the screen. The red one shows a bunch of cars meaning traffic is pretty slow. The blue is police. They could be for an accident or out looking for speeders.