Technology Helps Take Frustration Out of Thanksgiving Travel
Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Nov 23, 2015 in Auto Accidents
If you're like most Americans, you have plans to travel this upcoming Thanksgiving. In fact, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has predicted more people will travel this Thanksgiving than on any other Thanksgiving in the past.
AAA has forecasted an astonishing 46 million Americans will be traveling this year from Wednesday through Sunday during the week of Thanksgiving. Nine out of every 10 of these travelers are expected to drive, while 3.6 million are expected to fly.
Regardless of your mode of transportation, be it by plane, train or automobile, delays are bound to occur and levels of frustration are bound to rise. Additionally, car accidents are more likely to occur on roadways congested with holiday travelers.
No matter how you look at it, traveling over the holidays can be a stressful experience. However, there are several apps available for download that can help take the stress out of your Thanksgiving travel. Travel apps can be downloaded to your smartphone or tablet, and many of them can be downloaded for free.
Travel apps work by collecting real-time travel information pertaining to your city's roadways, airports and train stations, as well as those of your destination city.
Here are some ways apps can make your Thanksgiving travel a little less taxing.
If You're Traveling by Plane
Check your smartphone or tablets App Store for apps such as Google Flights, SkyScanner or FlightAware. With these apps, you can easily track your flight's status, delays, cancellations, and gate changes.
If your trip includes a connecting flight, the app FlightBoard can send information from airport departure boards directly to your mobile device, so you're sure to catch your connecting flight on time.
There are also apps, such as ExpertFlyer, which have "seat alert" features that alert you when a seat you want becomes available.
Or, if you want to keep it simple, you can download the official app of the airline you're flying. Airline apps allow you to get a boarding pass or easily re-book your flight if necessary.
If You're Traveling by Automobile
Traffic jams and car accidents are an unfortunately common component of holiday travel. However, some apps offer color-coded maps of the highways on which you'll be traveling to help you navigate your road trip easily.
The app Sigalert, for example, color codes selected highways with red, yellow, and green for "traffic jam," yellow for "slow traffic," and green for "desirable traffic flow. This easy-to-see color coding system allows you to quickly choose the best and safest route for your trip.
iExit is another handy road trip app that informs you of eating establishments, convenience stores and gas stations located along different U.S. highway exits. Apps such as iExit help take the guesswork out of which exit to stop at when you're feeling hungry or need to fill up on gas.
If a Train is Your Preferred Method of Travel
Amtrak has an app that allows travelers to make or change reservations and check a trains estimated time of arrival. Additionally, 70 percent of all transit agencies in cities across the U.S. have apps that offer real-time travel information.
When traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday, its important to keep safety in the forefront of your mind. Its also important to contact the experienced car accident attorneys at the Arnold Law firm should you be the unfortunate victim of a holiday travel car accident. We will review your case and fight tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve.