Mondays can be bad, but Mondays with Chicago traffic can be even worse. Dozens of car accidents happen on Chicago highways every day due to this traffic and the erratic decisions some angry drivers make.
Luckily, there are a few apps that can alleviate some of the daily traffic woes. Not only can these apps help you get from point A to B, but they can alert you on hazardous conditions or wrecks in real-time.
More than just a turn-by-turn navigation app, Inrix learns driver behavior and can create personalized itineraries, automatic alerts, and preferred routes. Even though newer updates have been frustrating Android users, Inrix is still popular with drivers.
Relying more on community sourcing for information, Waze is a widely popular traffic and navigation app. Well known for its reliable information on monitoring traffic and speed traps, Waze also offers integration with your favorite music app.
Google Maps is a well known traffic and navigation app. Using collective information from its users, Google Maps can automatically create alternative routes that avoid traffic accidents.
Nothing can be worse than heroically fighting traffic only to find that there are no parking spots. Enter ParkChicago. Beloved by Chicagoans, ParkChicago allows users to pay for parking in advance and remotely extend their parking session.
Another parking app, ParkWhiz connects users to other privately owned parking spaces, such as lots or garages. Users can prepay for spots as well as reserve them well in advance. Both hourly and monthly parking options are available.
These lists would not be complete without the big two rideshare platforms. Uber allows users to request and schedule on-demand rides. With a variety of options and riders to choose from, Uber gives users control over their riding experience.
While similar to Uber in many ways, Lyft offers a great service for regular riders through Lyft Pink, a subscription-based program that is best for riders who take more than 2-3 rides per week. Additionally, if Uber’s corporate image and exploitative practices can deter some users, Lyft offers a great alternative.
With Curb, users can choose to hail traditional taxis instead of contracted drivers. More importantly, Curb is now leading Chicago in offering wheelchair accessible rides, making it a great accessible service.
When it comes to finding rides, monitoring traffic, or avoiding traffic accidents, these apps can be a helpful addition to any smartphone. And if you do happen to find yourself injured following a vehicle accident, contact our Chicago personal injury law firm.