CHICAGO, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- NAVTEQ, the leading global provider of digital map, traffic and location data for in-vehicle, portable, wireless and enterprise solutions, provides drivers with tips this summertime driving season. With Americans spending 4.2 billion hours in traffic jams every year, over 6.8 billion gallons of fuel is used.* NAVTEQ Traffic.com offers Memorial Day drivers a way to save on fuel bills, spend less time in traffic and even reduce their carbon footprint with a couple of quick tips.
Driving with current maps on your navigation device is the simplest way to reduce driving costs this holiday weekend because it could lead to fewer driven miles. Map updates help find the best routes to destinations across the United States and the closest roadside services along the way. With fluctuating fuel prices, drivers can't afford to spend more on gas/fuel driving around with outdated maps. Studies** have shown that navigation systems improve routing efficiency, leading to fuel savings of up to $200 annually. Map updates supply the navigation system with the information it needs to work most efficiently.
Check traffic before and during the drive - The average American spends 36 hours a year stuck in traffic*, wasting gas. Drivers can check NAVTEQ Traffic.com before they get in the car throughout the long weekend and see where the worst of the traffic is, and how to get around it. For traffic along the way, NAVTEQ Traffic.com offers mobile solutions via cell phone, or PDA.
1. Save 1-866-MY-TRAFC (1-866-698-7232) to a phone favorites list before leaving home. This free hotline provides speed dial access to NAVTEQ Traffic.com--ideal for avoiding heavy traffic, construction, and accidents on the way to the beach. 2. Use your wireless handheld device to connect to the Web with MOBI.TRAFFIC.COM. Visit http://mobi.traffic.com, a free wireless Web site for the same great traffic information you get from online. 3. Send a SMS text message to get real-time traffic information for city hotspots. Simply text your CITY CODE, (NY, CHIC, PHL, LA, etc.) to TRAFC (87232). City codes can be found at help.traffic.com/city-codes-used-for-sms - ideal for getting instant traffic information after a baseball game.
**NAVTEQ Navigation Benefits Study (2009). Available at: http://www.navteq.com/webapps/press/pr.jsp
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