SACRAMENTO — Caltrans has launched a new push notification feature on its QuickMap app that allows drivers to automatically receive real-time notifications about nearby road closures, emergencies and other traffic updates.
“With this new QuickMap upgrade, Californians can now receive instant traffic notifications based on their location,” said Tony Tavares, director of Caltrans. “Drivers can use this information to adjust their plans when needed, compare route options, save time and travel safely to their destinations.”
Caltrans’ QuickMap is a free, publicly available mobile app and website for trip planning. QuickMap provides immediate traffic information including traffic speed, lane and road closures due to construction and maintenance activities, emergency incidents, electronic traffic sign content, rest area locations, camera snapshots and active chain control requirements. It’s a great tool to use when traveling through the Sierra Nevada in all seasons, especially winter.
The new QuickMap push notification feature allows travelers to choose to receive location-based alerts on their mobile devices. When a device with the QuickMap app enters an area within 10 miles of a road closure or other traffic-related event, a pop-up message will appear alerting travelers to the incident, including time, location and reason for closure.
Caltrans reminds drivers to use their mobile devices responsibly, including only hands-free while operating a vehicle. Using your mobile phone while driving is not only dangerous but also illegal. In California, drivers 18 and older can only use their phone hands-free, like speakerphone or voice commands, but never while holding it.
For those who have already downloaded the app, click on the three vertical dots, select settings and allow geo-targeted or enhanced location tracking notifications.
For more information and to use the new feature, download the QuickMap app to your phone or visit QuickMap.dot.ca.gov.