The mobile is an indispensable tool thanks to the enormous number of applications that give us help when we need it most. One of the most popular is Google Maps , which is presented as a complete, solid and feature-packed system for traveling by car, such as the ability to check traffic to avoid traffic jams.
Many think that the sole purpose of Google’s navigation program is to find the shortest path to your destination, but nothing is further from the truth. The application has all kinds of interesting features inside and proof of this is the option to avoid tolls or roads with restricted access, although, probably, the favorite of the users is something completely different.
Goodbye traffic jams with Google Maps
The main asset that Google Maps boasts is that it has the information it obtains from the users who are using the application. So if it detects continuous stops or a slower than usual speed, it will be able to offer traffic in real time.
This is also extrapolated to traffic accidents or streets closed for construction or other reasons. In this way you can get to your destination as soon as possible without suffering unforeseen events on the way that make you arrive late and the best thing of all is that you can find out all this information without even entering the app itself. This is what you have to do for it:
- Go to the home screen of your mobile.
- Pinch from the outside in to open the options menu.
- Select “Widgets” and slide until you find the “Google Maps” section.
- Choose the “Nearby Traffic” option.
- Place the widget where you want.
Remember that you must grant permission to Google Maps to access the GPS at all times . This is as simple as accessing the application settings and finding the app in question, select “Permissions” and tap on “Always allow” under “Permissions”. Now a map of your area will appear where the streets will be represented with different colors, being the following:
- Red: possible jam.
- Orange: traveled.
- Green: free.
Another option is to access Google Maps directly to check the traffic, so you will get more data about it if you carry your mobile in the car. In addition, the advantage of doing it from the app itself is that you can move around the map in case you want to take a look at an area far away from your current location. So it is convenient to know how to access the flow of traffic and the steps are these:
- Open Google Maps on your smartphone.
- On the right of the screen, just below the search engine and search recommendations, there is an icon with several layers, click on it.
- In this section you can select the type of map, although this is not relevant. In the “Map Details” section, tap on “Traffic”.
Instantly the streets will be dyed in the colors that we have mentioned before, showing the same indications. In short, avoid continuing your journey on the red roads if you do not want to arrive late at your destination.