Almost 92 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2, according to AAA, 91 percent of them by automobile. If you’re one of them, here are some websites and apps you might find helpful. Just don’t use these while you’re driving – your smart phone isn’t smart enough to watch the road for you.
FLORIDA ROAD CONDITIONS: You can get updates on crashes, congestion and construction on all of Florida’s interstates, toll roads and major metropolitan roadways from the Florida Department of Transportation by calling 511, visiting FL511.com or downloading the free 511 app on iTunes. Callers can also use 511 for free phone transfers to Florida’s airports, seaports and neighboring 511 systems in Georgia and Louisiana.
WEATHER: Find out what weather to expect en route and at your destination from the Weather Channel WeatherBug.com and AccuWeather.com, all of which have free apps for iPad, iPhone and Android, as well as lots of information and tips on their websites.
TRIPTIK: AAA’s Triptik app for iPhones and Androids provides a map and driving directions, fuel prices, and points of interest including select hotels, restaurants and attractions. If all you want is average fuel prices for each metro market, try this AAA website.
RESTAURANTS: Yelp.com offers restaurant listings and consumer reviews for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and iPod Touch. Type in the city and what you’re looking for — I looked for Thai restaurants near Los Angeles and got 496 listings; I asked for fish and chips places near Miami and got one option.