If you're a driver, there's nothing worse than hitting a traffic jam halfway into your journey. You could wait for a traffic report on the radio, but it may be a while before the station you're listening to broadcasts one. And while many satnavs offer traffic information, the cost of the device and the traffic service itself (as many are subscription) puts this option out of reach for many drivers. However, fear not. There are plenty of apps for smartphones, including those running Google Android, that bring traffic information to your smartphone. Here's five our favourite free Google Android apps for traffic.
Avoid jams and delays
This app offers the latest traffic conditions across the UK as and when its published by the Highways Agency, Traffic Scotland and Traffic Wales.
RAC Traffic lets you see incidents, delays and roadworks across the UK on a Google Map. You can view a specific region or your current location and zoom in for more details on the incident.
AA Breakdown & Traffic
Not only will this app from the AA provide you with street-level traffic and roadworks updates, if you're an AA member, it'll also pinpoint your exact location including the street name. So if you should breakdown, you'll be able to tell the rescue service exactly where you are.
Beat the Traffic
This app offers real-time traffic maps and even video feeds from camera situated on the UK's roads, along with detailed incident reports
Michelin Traffic offers information on roadworks and delays in the UK as well as France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Michelin says the app covers major cities and most motorways.