Let's face it, sometimes our GPS apps can be our worst enemy. They lure us into taking a shortcut, only to lead us into a dead-end street. They promise to save us time, but end up taking us on a scenic route through the countryside.

And don't get me started on those times when they insist on recalculating our route every five seconds as if they're having a meltdown.

Buckle up your seat belts and get ready for a wild ride, because there's a new traffic camera app to share. And trust me, this is a lifesaver for drivers in Illinois, especially for those who want to avoid traffic jams and accidents like a pro.

Illinois 511 Traffic Cameras App
Illinois 511 Traffic Cameras App

Think of this app as your personal traffic navigator, guiding you through the sea of cars and trucks on the road. You can sneak a peek at traffic conditions in real-time, and plan your route accordingly with access to tens of thousands of traffic cameras.

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Some of the Illinois 511 Traffic Cameras can be viewed in real-time, not still photos.


Wave goodbye to the days of blindly following GPS and getting stuck in a bumper-to-bumper crawling slower than a slot covered in syrup.

Illinois 511 Traffic Cameras App
Illinois 511 Traffic Cameras App

The Illinois 511 Traffic Cameras app also includes a map view, showing you the traffic conditions across the state. It's like having a weather forecast for traffic, letting you know which areas to avoid and which ones to conquer. You can plan your route like a boss, and impress your friends with your traffic-savvy skills.

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The best feature of this app is the ability to create custom groups of cameras based on your frequented routes and then simply scroll through the list of images. This makes planning through traffic and road conditions much, much easier. The bad news, though- it's only available through Apple.

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