How to Get Traffic info in Real Time on Your iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

On your iPad, you can find out the traffic conditions for the map you’re viewing by tapping the little i-in-a-circle in the lower-right corner of the map and then tapping Show Traffic. If it says Hide Traffic, don’t tap — the option is already on.

Major roadways are color-coded to inform you of the current traffic speed. Here’s the key: Orange dots show slowdowns, and red dashes show stop-and-go traffic.

Downtown Los Angeles at 2:08 p.m. on a Saturday has more traffic than most cities at the peak of rush hour.

To see an incident report, tap a red minus-sign marker.

Traffic info doesn’t work in every location. The only way to find out is to give it a try and see whether color codes appear. And because Maps works only when you have a network connection, you won’t see traffic info if you’re not connected. You might try Google Maps or Waze if Maps doesn’t provide what you need in a particular location; you can keep all three — Maps, Google Maps, and Waze — on all our iDevices.