Howdy hands, it's Monday again, and I'm on my way to Armpit, USA (New Jersey). I got me another load in Chocolate Town (Hershey, PA), so I'll be hualin Dispacther Brains (Empty trailer) when I pay the "Lemme outta Jersey" tax.
I gotta tell ya, all the bears (police) I see with customers (people pulled over by police) makes me wonder if anyone knows anything about Trapster, a handy app for BlackBerry, but also for Android and iPhone's too. Now, drivin a rig means I don't get the privilege of using a Bird dog (radar detector), it's against Federal law for me to even posses one in my truck. But that's why I have been using Trapster.
There's nothin like hitting a long straight stretch of big slab, settin the autopilot for 70, and enjoying the scenery. Until you see them disco lights (police lights) in the west coast mirror. Dangit, a municipal invitation! I hate feeding the bears, you always get bit in the rear. Not that I have ever received a safe drivin award (speeding ticket). But I can imagine what it feels like.
Or maybe you notice that parking lot (cars backed up on the road) just a little too late, and you end up giving the city kitties (city police) some extra paperwork. Fun! Maybe you've hit a patch of black ice, and spun off into the median. Joy! It would be nice to get a warning before you turn into a rubber necker (people watching an accident) sideshow.
Trapster can help with all that. Crowdsourced speedtrap info, red light and speed camera locations, accident info, and even ice warnings, make for a danged useful app. Add traffic and construction info, and you have the makings of a true drivers friend. But it ain't just users who are adding info to Trapster, some police and sheriff depts are adding where they plan on takin pictures (using a radar gun). Don't believe it? Check out this here news article.
With the features that Trapster offers, you can be assured that driving will be a lot safer for you, check em out:
* - Dynamic alert area narrows and elongates based on your velocity and direction of travel
* - Eleven new road hazard trap types such as School Zone, Accident, Flooded Road, etc.
* - Improved performance - quicker load time and overall performance of the application
* - Customizable alert filters allow you to specify what types of traps you will be alerted to, and how you're alerted
* - Patrol, this feature places a blue line on roads that other Trapster users have recently driven down,
inherently raising the confidence factor on the road
* - Custom sound themes for spoken alerts, in lots of fun voices, plus French, German, and Spanish language
* - Real time traffic information for many areas
* - Ability to search for your location manually on BlackBerry smartphones with no GPS or blocked GPS
I love the custom sound themes, my favorite is Homer Simpson, it makes it more friendly in my opinion. Plus, not having it alert me to school zones while I'm on the freeway, makes me less likely to go postal.
In light of not being able to use a radar detector, this app definitely gets 9 and a half gears, I would give it 10 if it alerted for chicken coops (weigh stations). Ya hear that Trapster? Get ta work!
Hammerdown Monday is written by ADPerdue, a genuine Long Haul Trucker with eight years on the road, recently certified as having over one million accident and ticket free miles, and a bona fide BlackBerry junkie. Apps are rated from one gear to ten gears, with one meaning "don't use this app even if they pay ya", and ten meaning "if you don't have this app yet, you need some serious head shrinkin".