July 21, 2017
Most of us want to believe the best about others, but when you’ve been cut off by a driver who didn’t sign the intention to turn or change lanes, those good thoughts can turn ugly pretty quickly.
There’s a reason turn signals are required on every vehicle. It should be obvious, but we’ll put it out there anyway. Using your turn signal can help avoid crashes. When you let other drivers know what you’re planning to do, they can be prepared to move their vehicles accordingly, when you don’t, other drivers can be taken by surprise and not be able to react in time to avoid a crash.
Data drives the critical decisions we make every day. The Iowa Department of Transportation has long been a leader in the collection of transportation data, including things like traffic volumes, lane width, and sufficiency ratings. Many custom data systems have been developed by or for us that use the latitude and longitude of the centerlines of every public roadway to give a common linear reference point to tie together many types of data.
These systems, most notably the Geographic Information Management System (GIMS), provided access to a variety of information, but were sometimes complex to use and required a desktop application to access the data.
Have you heard about companies like Uber or Lyft, but you’re not sure how they work? Are you wondering about the requirements the drivers of these paid rideshare companies have to go through to be qualified to drive you around? Are you interested in driving for a company like Uber or Lyft and wonder what is required of you? The Iowa Department of Transportation has a new webpage that helps explain these and other questions about this growing transportation option.