Just over a year ago, my favorite radio station dropped its rush hour traffic reports, stating that people are now getting information from other sources.
So where is that? When you start your car in the morning to head for work, what’s the replacement for your local radio station’s rush-hour traffic report?
And where do you get road condition reports in the winter?
I don’t want to be googling for this stuff or checking a million apps and websites. I just one one reliable source of information that will tell me the traffic conditions between my house and my destination, and will give me the current road conditions in my area.
Living in a rural town of 200 people I don’t worry a lot about traffic conditions. For weather the internet: National Weather Service and Weather Underground. For road conditions the state department of transportation website.
A couple of TV stations in my area have local newscasts starting at 4:30 in the morning. They have frequent traffic and weather updates and report on local gas prices. You can leave it on in the background while you’re getting ready for work.
The AM stations in L.A. still have traffic reports every six to ten minutes, last I checked. Unfortunately, with 500+ miles of freeway to cover, they’ve never been very useful – unless there’s an overturned tanker truck blocking multiple lanes or something of similar magnitude, the report won’t even mention whatever slow traffic you’re stuck in.
One local television station has proved very reliable at 7-9am for traffic and getting the weather right and that is my usual go-to as I’m planning my day. Usually watching but sometimes checking in online.
Google Maps, with traffic turned on. And no, I don’t look at it while driving; I check it last thing before leaving the house.
We used to have a news/traffic/weather program that was very local. Only Silicon Valley and San Jose traffic conditions were broadcast. Then it became too expensive to maintain that format, and they became a country and western music station. Now the only traffic reports come from a San Francisco-based station, and they pretty much pass over the entire south end of the bay. Hello! San Jose is the third largest city in the state, and Silicon Valley is the traffic-clogged economic engine of northern California.
So now it’s Google Maps to find out traffic conditions.
This isn’t just a suggestion that might be helpful. It’s snark:
When I get suggestions, it’s only logical that I evaluate their suitability for my needs. My criticisms might aid the next round of suggestions. Google Maps has several drawbacks for me, as I outlined.
Why do you need any? I drove a car for 60 years, without any more information than I could get on gas station road maps and by looking out through the windshield. I always got where I wanted to go, on time.
Do you think that just because you CAN do something, you HAVE to?