Got back to from a trip last night and remembered that there had been evening construction on my typical route home. I got in my car, but it was 11:05 PM. The decision had to be made quickly--take the much longer route or risk a frustrating traffic jam? I would have had to wait 7 minutes to learn whether traffic would be a problem. I considered sitting in the parking lot and waiting for the report. Even a 7 minute delay would be better than getting stuck, right?
And then I remembered--Traffic.com offers traffic reports via text message. Just text your city code (PHL for Philadelphia in my case) to 87232, and back comes an instant report within seconds. Awesome!