Today the Constitution Bridge begins , which millions of Spanish workers will use to travel; Thanks to the fact that Wednesday and Friday are holidays, many people will take the opportunity to have a vacation that will last more than half the week. That implies, of course, taking many car trips of varying lengths, and in that case, one of the best apps we can use is Google Maps, especially if we use it with Android Auto .
With Google Maps, we can decide the best possible route to reach our destination, and the app will not only offer us directions at each step, it will also show us warnings that may interest us, such as weather alerts for possible bad weather in some areas of Spain. or recommendations of places close to the place we are going to visit.
Although Google Maps has received one of the most controversial changes in its history , with the new interface and new colors that bring it closer to the style of Apple Maps, it is still one of the most recommended apps for traveling by car, especially if we activate a function that will help us not to exceed the speed limit in radar zones.
Radars in Google Maps
Many Google Maps users may not know that this app already has a speed camera warning , and works in a similar way to other apps like Waze. The position of the fixed radars is public data that can be shared without problems and that the DGT itself warns using road signs; In addition, there are also mobile radars, which although they are more complicated to point out, can also be consulted in the app.
To see the speed cameras on Google Maps, all we have to do is open the app and create the route we want to take; for example, clicking on the destination and clicking on the “How to get there” button. Automatically, Maps will show the path to follow and data such as the duration of the journey. The interesting thing comes if we click on the layers button , in the upper right corner of the app; here, we have to choose the traffic layer. By having it selected, Maps will show us information about the situation of the roads, such as the existence of a lot of traffic or construction. We have to look at two radar icons.
The orange icon represents the fixed speed cameras located along the Spanish road network. When we start the route, Google Maps will notify us of these radars when we approach the controlled area, as long as the voice directions are active. The latter is important, since Maps will not notify us if we do not have the directions activated.
On the other hand, the blue icon represents mobile or non-permanent radars. The position of these radars may change over time and therefore their existence must be confirmed by users. An important difference is that Google Maps will not notify us of mobile radars when we have started the route; Therefore, we must write them down or remember where they are more or less in the route view.
In this way, we should have everything necessary to cross a safe Constitution Bridge, without surprises while we are driving.