“How can a computer make driving safer for me?” That’s probably not a question you’ve ever asked, but the answer is an important one. Especially given the way winter has been going. The answer is that you can use your computer to check the roads and plan your trip accordingly, while still in the warmth of your home.
The best website for what’s happening on the roads is the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal’s website, located at 511.gov.ns.ca. Just type that in the location bar of your web browser and you’ll get a goldmine of information.
Let’s look at the road conditions map…
The symbols are easy to see and understand:
A no entry symbol means the road is closed
A pylon means construction
Yellow roads are partially snow covered
White roads are completely snow covered
Black roads are bare, but they could be wet or dry
You can use the plus (+) and minus (-) buttons in the top-left corner to zoom in and out and see specific roads. Clicking on the arrows in the top-left corner will move the map around so you can focus on the area you need. You can do the same thing by holding your left-click button down and dragging the map with your mouse.
Near the top-right corner, you’ll see a box called Overlays. Checking off any of those boxes puts additional information on the map. The Cameras one is really useful. Once you click on that, you’ll see all the traffic cameras. Clicking on any of the cameras brings up a recent picture of that spot on the road. Now you’ll know exactly what the roads are like.
There’s only one in Guysborough Country and it’s at Cochrane Hill. The picture shows the date and time that the last picture was taken. If you click on the blue title at the top of the picture, you can get very specific details, like the wind speed and direction, temperature, and humidity.
Armed with this information, you can make wise traveling decisions and change your route if needed. Using this tool before you head out will make for better, and safer, traveling for everyone.