Caltrans has a new feature in its QuickMap mobile app aimed at helping drivers on the road.
The new feature lets drivers know about nearby road closures, emergencies and other critical traffic updates in real time.
Caltrans said they recommend the new notification feature in their QuickMap app to make trip planning easier.
“When you’re the commuter or your device is within ten miles of a road closure or other traffic-related event, a pop-up message will appear on your phone,” said William Arnold, Caltrans media relations manager.
This new feature gives travelers a more accessible option.
“I used to commute from San Miguel to Morro Bay, and so I would usually check Twitter updates on local Caltrans news sites or Facebook,” Morro Bay resident Klista Shaban said.
The added trip planning layer provides drivers with real-time information based on their current location and includes the time and location of the closure as well as the reason for the incident.
“They help a lot because we always plug in where we’re going to the destination on Waze or MapQuest to get the shortest route, but they always alert you when there’s a problem,” explained San Luis Obispo resident John St.
“It’s good I would have definitely used it, I definitely would have downloaded it the first day it was available when I had my trip,” said Shaban.
Caltrans said the QuickMap app is available for both iPhone and Android devices, it’s also available on their website.