Choosing a route has become much easier with all the trip-planning tools that are available. Do you want to bypass a toll road or figure out the shortest distance for your trip?
Many Web-based resources or navigation systems can help you. Here are several trip-planning tools to explore either alone or in combination with one another.
- Online map tools and other websites
- Navigation systems
- Mobile apps on a smartphone
- Paper maps and atlases
There are several things to consider when choosing routes:
- What is the safest route to my destination?
- What areas do I want to avoid? For example, are there busy or confusing intersections, frequent left turns, poorly lit streets or construction sites?
- Can I combine trips?
- Have I checked the latest traffic report updates using radio, newspaper, email, social media or my state department of transportation’s website?
- What are the emergency evacuation routes in my community?
Once you select a route, think about how you can make the trip as safe and pleasurable as possible. Some possibilities are to schedule your trip to avoid rush-hour traffic, high speed roads, bad weather, dimly lit conditions and times when you, the driver, are not at your best.