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Expect Traffic with Upcoming Holidays

With Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving approaching, many will take advantage of the extended holidays to travel by car. Traffic is just something we have come to accept. In 2017, Thanksgiving showed a record number of travelers in the U.S. According to Fortune Magazine, 50.9 million people drove 50 or miles away for the holiday. Perhaps increased gas prices will drop that number this year, but you can still count on increased traffic.

Whether the traffic is caused by holidays, road repairs or simple congestion, it can cause a slew of problems for travelers. There are a variety of options for avoiding traffic. If you’re heading out the door and need to check on traffic, there are a handful of apps available on your smartphone that can help you avoid the backups. Some apps will re-route you and help you avoid accidents and congestion ahead on your route. Some of the top rated are Waze, INRIX, Mapquest, Google and Sygic. Apple iPhones come with a map but the traffic updates seem to be a little slow and changes to your route must be approved. This can be difficult while driving. Plan ahead and download your app while you are on wifi so there is no further delay. If you really want to plan ahead in California, Caltrans offers a Web site with highway updates and information about Highway Conditions, Statewide Alerts and more. You can enter a specific highway number and find out if there are repairs or closures scheduled.

Click here: http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi?roadnumber=33&submit=Search to try it now.

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