Where to Turn for Local Road Condition Reports
Accounting for potentially poor road conditions can make all the difference in your stress levels and, subsequently, in how safely you drive. If you know what to expect, you can make a plethora of driving-related decisions that will optimize your time on the road and keep your stress levels low. This includes everything from knowing which tires you’ll need to which routes you should avoid and how much extra time you should allot. And, as we all know, the more you minimize your stress levels, the more you minimize your chances of a road rage episode.
So, where can you turn to get the most up-to-date information on current road conditions in your area? Here are a few of our favorite resources:
1. Google Maps
It’s no surprise Google Maps is on this list. The tech giant has developed a superior web mapping service, which offers not only satellite imagery, but also street maps, 360-degree panoramic views of almost every street in the world, and real-time traffic conditions. Google Maps also allows you to plan routes by mode of transportation (foot, car, bicycle, and even bus and other public transportation).
Weather.com allows you to check real-time weather reports for any location in the world. The website also forecasts local weather for the next 10 days, including each day’s highs, lows, humidity, precipitation percentage, etc. You can check if rain, snow, hail, high winds, or even if a storm is approaching where you live or where you’re headed. Weather.com also has a mobile app available for download for both iOS and Android.
Icy Road Safety first prompts you to select the state you live in, then links you to that state’s road conditions page, where you can find more specific information related to that state’s weather and current road conditions.
4. Dialing 511
Calling 511 on your home or cell phone will prompt an automated voice to deliver a range of options to select from, including information about weather, traffic, public transportation, and road conditions.
Together these resources should provide you with everything you need to know the weather, climate and road conditions, and the best or most efficient route to take.
The cost of not preparing for poor road conditions
Without accounting for bad road or weather conditions, you risk opening your car up to a host of potential breakdowns or damages. That’s why it’s important to utilize the above mentioned resources, which detail everything from current weather and road conditions to real-time traffic reports so you’re fully equipped to handle come what may on the road. However, it’s important to note that while planning for poor road conditions in advance may mitigate the risk of damages to your car, it may not eliminate them entirely; mechanical issues and breakdowns are inevitable at some point in the life of your car ownership. The good news is there’s a way to plan and account for that too.
A Vehicle Service Contract is a policy that protects car owners against unexpected, covered auto repair expenses if and when they’re incurred. For a small monthly payment, a consumer can have peace of mind knowing they’re covered against vehicle breakdowns and mechanical issues. Learn more about the benefits of a Vehicle Service Contract.