Waze Just Added a Feature to Help Drivers Steer Clear of Unplowed Roads

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For people traveling through states accustomed to dealing with harsh winter weather, there are probably satisfactory systems in place for clearing heaps of snow from the roads practically as soon as they form—but that’s your best-case scenario. Storms can hit with an unanticipated vengeance, leaving even the most well-prepared places with many dangerous or even fully blocked roads.

To keep you from having to risk unplowed and icy roads on the way home for the holidays, Waze collaborated with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to develop a feature that helps you avoid them.

According to a VDOT press release, the new option works much like Waze’s other features: Users report when they encounter an icy or unplowed area, and Waze will then warn other drivers when they’re approaching that same area, giving them the option to choose a different route. Simplemost reports that upon nearing an unplowed road, you’ll see a snowflake icon next to the words Unplowed Road.

Waze first tested the program in Virginia and has now made it available to all of their 130 million users—just make sure you’re using the most updated version of the Waze app.

The endeavor began as part of the Waze for Cities program, in which Waze shares its user data with partnering cities in order to help public workers determine how best to decrease traffic and increase safety measures.

“Our work with the Virginia Department of Transportation on the development of the ‘Unplowed Road’ feature perfectly exemplifies what can be accomplished when we collaborate with public sector partners to meet community needs,” Dani Simons, head of public sector partnerships at Waze, said in the press release.

Waze isn’t the only way to practice responsibly driving this season; here are five other tips for staying safe on winter roads.

[h/t Simplemost]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

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Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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