Google Maps Is Now Alerting Drivers to Police Speed Traps

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Cristiano Babini/iStock via Getty Images

The Waze app’s crowdsourcing capability has made it easier than ever for drivers to know exactly what they’ll see on any given route, be it an accident that has traffic backed up for miles or a sneakily concealed police car lying in wait for unsuspecting speeders.

Now, in an effort to keep up with the Joneses and everyone else who swears by Waze, Google Maps has added similar features to its own navigation system. News stations WSYX and WTTE in Columbus, Ohio, report that Google has already released some of these updates on Android devices, and Apple users will start to see them as early as this week.

“This feature has been one of our most popular on Android, and we’re excited to expand it to iOS,” Google said in a blog post.

google maps incident reports
Google

People will be able to report crashes, speed traps, slowdowns, construction, lane closures, disabled vehicles, and objects on the road by tapping the plus sign on the right side of their screen, tapping “Add a report,” and choosing the relevant incident.

Based on the image preview, the new feature doesn’t include an option for adding comments or photos, so the level of detail is still much more limited than what you’ll find on Waze. This makes it easy to submit a report on the go, and it also prevents users from padding their report with potentially impertinent (but sometimes interesting) minutiae about just how far along that dead deer is in its decaying process.

While you’re waiting for Google Maps’s new bells and whistles to appear on your own device, check out 11 things that might be making you a bad driver.

[h/t WOAI]

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
Dyna-Glo/Wayfair

- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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The Worst Drivers In America Live in These 15 States

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Life of Pix, Pexels

No matter how many times you've been cut off on a road trip, anecdotal evidence alone can't prove that a certain state's drivers are worse than yours. For that, you need statistics. The personal finance company SmartAsset compiled data related to bad driving behaviors to create this list of the 15 states in America with the worst drivers.

This ranking is based on four metrics: the number of fatalities per 100 million miles driven in each state, DUI arrests per 1000 drivers, the percentage of uninsured drivers, and how often residents Google the terms “speeding ticket” or “traffic ticket.”

Mississippi ranks worst overall, with the second-highest number of fatalities and the second lowest percentage of insured drivers. This marked the third year in a row Mississippi claimed the bottom slot in SmartAsset's worst driver's list. This year, it's followed by Nevada in second place and Tennessee in third. You can check out the worst offenders in the country in the list below.

Some motorists may be more interested in avoiding the cities plagued by bad driving than the states. These two categories don't always align: Oregon, which didn't crack the top 10 states with the worst drivers, is home to Portland, the city with the worst drivers according to one quote comparison site. After reading through the list of states, compare it to the cities with the worst drivers in America here.

  1. Mississippi
  1. Nevada
  1. Tennessee
  1. Florida
  1. California
  1. Arizona
  1. South Carolina (Tie)
  1. Texas (Tie)
  1. New Mexico
  1. Alaska
  1. Louisiana
  1. Alabama
  1. Oregon
  1. Arkansas
  1. Colorado