Being stuck in traffic is the worst. It’s the only time you’ll see me get excited to inch forward a couple of feet before slamming on my breaks again. The cacophony of horns and shouts is enough to make anyone grumpy and overall, it’s just a colossal waste of time and gas. I would be happy to wager it’s probably everyone’s least favorite part about driving. I know I hate it, and I don’t have to be psychic to guess you do too.
So what if I told you that last year alone you and everyone else combined sat in enough traffic that you could have traveled to the moon and back two and a half times. For those of you a little rusty on your astronomy, that’s roughly 1.4 million miles of traffic. That’s entirely too much traffic.
See where I’m going with this?
I don’t have a whole lot of experience with Garmin’s live traffic, but I know TomTom’s is pretty nice. I’m not going to try and convince you any of them are the best—it really all depends on where you live, where you drive, and what works for you. My point is that if you live in a city and you drive during those black, bleak and traffic snarl-filled hours, you should probably invest in something that has some sort of traffic alert to try and keep you out of the worst of it.
Of course, there are some cities where it’s simply inevitable. TomTom helpfully suggests that if you live in Atlanta and you can’t leave your work by 4:15, you might as well just wait until 6. You’d probably get home at the same time (maybe later). But, on a slightly more helpful note, TomTom does suggest that if you MUST leave to head home, try and avoid leaving on the hour if at all possible.
Kind of makes you wonder where are those hovercars and their dozens of lanes of air traffic the Jetsons promised us, doesn’t it?