Mobility has become a central part of our lives. Almost every day, we need to travel to an ever-increasingly crowded environment. Here are some tips to help you avoid traffic jams and queues.
1. Plan your journey using traffic information
Whether it's an occasional long-distance trip or a day-to-day trip, you should always plan your trip well. This starts with collecting a range of information, whether via the internet or more traditional channels such as radio or television. Many radio stations offer regular traffic updates. You can go about your business whilst leaving the radio on in the background and get on with your work whilst keeping your ears open at the right moment. Alternatively, look online and consult a traffic site (Mobil Info, Touring Mobilis, inforoutes.be, etc.)
2. En route: real-time applications
Just because you have already prepared for your trip, doesn't mean that unexpected events won't occur. To anticipate them, it is useful to use a GPS that can receive traffic information. Sometimes this works simply with RDS radio via the TMC. In addition, many manufacturers offer real-time traffic-connected subscriptions so that they can always provide an alternative route in the event of a hitch. Don't have connected GPS? No problem, your mobile phone can also act as a navigator thanks to apps such as Google Maps, Waze, Coyote, TomTom Go, Mappy, etc. There are plenty to choose from!
3. Alternatives: carpooling
Reducing congestion is everyone's responsibility. And everyone can take action. When it comes to work, for example, the same trips are often made by your neighbours, colleagues, friends and family members. Pooling trips reduces the number of cars on the road. Sharing your own or someone else's car is also a great opportunity to enjoy each other's company. Social media, your company's HR department or even carpooling apps (Comon de Carpool, Commuty, etc.) are also good ways to contact other people who are interested.
4. Reducing your travel with remote working
The reduction in congestion goes hand in hand with that of our journeys. The coronavirus pandemic demonstrated that companies and employees can remain equally effective at home. Therefore, if your employer has not yet created a remote working policy, this may be an opportunity to propose this to them. Even if it's only one or two days a week, you can avoid a series of trips and reduce road traffic.