Best Traffic Apps

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Overview

Traffic and health analysts agree that people are at higher risks of heart attacks in traffic. Do yourself a favor and outsmart it. This Appguide will help anyone become a traffic guru and get to their destination safely and happily. Like wearing a seatbelt, you should never leave home without your iPhone. With these apps, sitting in bumper to bumper traffic can be a thing of the past.

Essential Apps

  • Free

    Sigalert.com - Live traffic reports

    by Sigalert.com

    If sitting in traffic is your idea of fun, then this app is not for you. Sigalert is the foremost provider of accurate, up-to-date traffic maps and has saved this writer on numerous occasions. Most apps update periodically, but Siaglert's information is concurrent with state highway patrols' data and uses road sensors for accurate readings. The interface is very user-friendly and provides accident, construction and other relevant traffic data for most metropolitan areas. The maps within the application are zoomable, clickable and can even provide accurate speeds for each exit along the highway. Sigalert will estimate travel times for given destinations based on speed and traffic. Sigalert.com even offers a premium service for those looking for customizable routes, but with the free version, you should have more information than you can shake a stick at. More areas are added to their system every month. This app is the king of the traffic apps.

Notable Apps

  • Free

    Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic

    by Waze Inc.

    Waze has the right idea. Integrate the buddy system and the rest will follow. This app can be used as a turn-by-turn navigator. It also displays user-generated reports on traffic, construction, and speed traps. When you open the application, you are greeted with a status; you first start out as a novice user and work your way up to a full-fledged traffic expert. The application is similar to a game as you can accrue points for miles driven and reports given. Its like Foursquare but for driving. One great thing about this application is that it adapts to both your driving and the surrounding traffic. In essence, the user is treated to one of the most accurate driving tools. The app can calculate your commute to work, offer alternate routes and will notify you of incidents that are happening both on your route and in the surrounding areas. The reason this is not an essential app is that the user base is not quite there yet and there is no integration with any government traffic source. In time, this app will become very useful.

  • $3.99

    Beat theTraffic Plus+

    by Triangle Software LLC

    I have wanted to like this app, and with every update, I think I like it a little bit less. The concept is great: provide traffic maps that are color coded with the ability to predict traffic patterns. It also promises real drive times for routes. The execution is just not quite there. If you do not own the plus version, the app constantly asks you for your email and other personal information, which is a nuisance. The app also takes a while to display current road conditions and would not be good in a pinch. Current incidents are not color or number coded and type of incident is not displayed until clicked. It does allow the user to report incidents, which is a great feature. The app also uses the Google maps API, which is a nice feature and will display current street traffic information. Beat The Traffic could be a lot better and I hope with future updates that this app improves.

Decent Apps

  • $0.99

    USA Traffic & Weather

    by appscroatia.com

    What a concept, an app that can provide weather and traffic within the same user interface. The problem is, concept does not necessarily mean reality. Of the many times I have used this app, I have yet to get it to work correctly. The weather the app provides is never for my current location and when other apps were reporting traffic incidents, this app displayed nothing. USA Traffic and Weather also uses Yahoo! Weather, which can be as inaccurate as the groundhog. Controls within the app are clunky and you have to manually highlight states that you want information from. This app needs a lot work.

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