Traffic App That I Think Would Be Useful To Truckers

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Luke K.'s Comment
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There is a traffic app that many people may know about but for the ones that do not it is called Waze. It is great for traffic but is also really good for letting you know if there are hazzards on the road and speed traps. I have been using this app for several months and it is not perfect but it does do a very good job. It depends soley on user input. It is kinda fun because it works on a point system so the more info you put in the system the more points you get. You also get points for just having it on while you drive. Even if you do not put info in it will make adjustments to the map depending on your speed and other factors. You can share your trip with other people that have the app so that is a really cool feature if you want to share your trip with some family back home. I do not work for them or get anything out of telling anyone about this, I am a person who loves my gadgets and the more people that use this app makes the app more reliable. Check it out and let us know what you think. Thanks for reading my post.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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So they "give" you points for using and having it on WHILE driving? I am against this app in all regards. First the way it gets updated is people put input into it real time which means people are texting and driving. And then if the app is open n on your phone you are looking or glancing at it while driving. Another very bad idea. If you have a CDL it can cost you up to $2750 fine and the company can also receive a fine up to $11,000 in fines.

Since trucks have very few options so far as different routes they can choose this app for the most part is useless and promotes deadly driving habits. Yes I said deadly. You only have to look at the electric signs going into every large city saying "890 killed in 2013" don't text and drive.

So supporting this app is something that I will not be doing.

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Luke K.'s Comment
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You seem quick to judge. I am not for texting while driving either. The app works the same as gps. You do not need to text or do anything else but turn it on. If you are coming up to a hazard or anything else that is on the map it tells you over the speaker on the phone. You do not even need to have it up on your phone it can be running in the background and will still let you know if something is up ahead that you should look out for. For example if there is a car broke down on the side of the road it will let you know before you get to it so then you will have more time to move over or make any other adjustments you may need to with more time to do it. It can be a useful tool and safe if used correctly. I thought it may be something cool for people to check out(just dont check it out while driving).

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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As long as you do not need to look at the screen and only need to listen to it then I guess it MIGHT be ok but my concern still remains that it gets update in real time by users and that means SOMEONE is texting while driving

Luke K.'s Comment
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I agree with you on that. I guess one way to look at it is since those people are making the choice to be stupid at least others may be a little safer. It is amazing to me that people think that they are able to text and drive. Even when they look up from their phone and their car is in another lane they just steer their car back in their lane and go right back to texting. Not sure what the answer is but there has to be a solution out there.

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guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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There is. They are call Cell Data Inturptors. The kill all cell phone signals within a certain number of feet from the device and depending on the size you get they can go from 10 feet surrounding the device up to 1800 feet from the device. And if hooked into the car/truck computer it would only activate if the vehicle is moving that way you have to be stopped to use your phone.

Papa Jim's Comment
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Better name to google is cellphone signal interrupter.

Joe S. (a.k.a. The Blue 's Comment
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Not a bad idea in theory. How ever. The Supreme court has ruled them illegal to use.

Not only will it interrupt your signal, it also will interrupt any one else's phone in that range. The Supreme court has ruled that is against the law.

Our bus company was going to install them in the buses so the driver couldn't use his/her cell phone. Well, the closest range they are made is 10 feet. Well that will interrupt anyone setting behind you or near you. And if you are stopped at a traffic light, it will effect the cell phones in the car next to you. Again, totally illegal.

And as far as the "range" goes. Just like all electronic gear. That can be effect by many many things. The one you use might say 10 feet. But one day you hit a certain atmospheric conditions. Air is dry. Low humidity. Warm. ETC. Now your 10 feet becomes 22 feet. How many cell phones around you are you going to block. What if one of those cell phones is making a life saving 911 call??

That is the main reason the Supreme court banned them. At least for commercial use anyway.

I don't know about the private sector.

Keep it safe out there. The life you save might be your own. Joe S.

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Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Didnt say it was legal. Just said it would solve the texting and driving issue.

Phox's Comment
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"Watch out. Vehicle stopped on shoulder ahead."

that's what waze is to me at least 5-8 times each way when I use it while going to school and back home... in it's earlier days the report system was pretty nice but now it's filled with vehicle on the shoulder reports... people trying to get their points as if it had some kind of monetary reward (it doesn't, just bragging rights and an updated avatar, sword, shield and crown for the 3 main achievement levels). I personally think that report option should be removed... 9.9/10 times the shoulder is big enough and the car is far enough off the freeway that it doesn't matter if you know it's there or not.

Honestly I think that report is about 98% of the reports in the san antonio area.

I actually have already achieved waze royalty (highest achievement for being in the top 1% of points in your state, in other words 99% of the other users in your state have less points than you)

I will agree though it is a decent app though.

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