NAVTEQ offers Labor Day drivers five ways to avoid traffic for their last minute summer trips. Here are their suggestions:
- Go against the grain - The worst Labor Day traffic will be to the most popular summer destinations in the area. If the city empties out as people go the lakes and beaches, think about taking advantage of relatively empty restaurants and attractions in town.
- Shift your weekend - The worst holiday traffic tends to be on the Friday and Monday evenings, as travelers seek to get the most out of their long weekends. If possible, take one of these days off to travel and take advantage of less-congested roadways.
- Go early or go late - Beat the worst traffic by driving in the early morning or late at night. Either way, make sure you're well-rested before heading out.
- Drive with current maps - Want to hit the most popular destinations
at the most popular times? You will need every tool at your disposal.
Make sure your GPS has current maps, so you will be up-to-date on all
available alternate routes. Typically GPS system maps need updating
about once a year. Visit www.navteq.com/store to find out more.
Check traffic before and during your drive - Check
NAVTEQ Traffic.com before you leave the house, to see current
conditions and learn about obstacles that may cause traffic later. Hit
a problem on the road? Here are some tips to help get around the
NAVTEQ WEB and MOBILE SERVICES to CHECK:
Visit the NAVTEQ Traffic.com mobile website on your cell phone or PDA at http://m.traffic.com, the site is free, and the content can be invaluable.
• Save 1-866-MY-TRAFC (1-866-698-7232) to a phone favorites list before leaving home. This free hotline provides speed dial access to NAVTEQ Traffic.com--ideal for avoiding heavy traffic, construction, and accidents on your long weekend trip.
• Send a SMS text message to get real-time traffic information for city hotspots. Simply text your CITY CODE, (NY, CHIC, PHL, LA, etc.) to TRAFC (87232). City codes can be found at http://help.traffic.com/city-codes-used-for-sms--ideal for getting instant traffic information.
Although the number of Labor Day drivers has trended slightly down over the past few years, the 12-month average for self-service regular gas* has also declined. AAA has published a fuel gauge report that shows gas prices are down an average of at least $1.00 since this time last year. Low gas prices could lead to additional drivers on the road for the long weekend.
- Available at: http://www.fuelgaugereport.com/