2009 Infiniti FX50 AWD: When Radio Traffic Reports Don't Work
December 29, 2008
After having already driven the 2009 Infiniti FX50 450 miles in one day, and endured three hours of congestion between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the last thing I wanted was to get into another traffic jam. So I kept an eye on the Real Time traffic on the nav screen and listened to the XM traffic channel.
The radio report said little. But I did see a yellow exclamation mark on the nav at the 210 freeway. Pressing the "Details" key on the screen, I read that the lanes were jammed due to a stalled vehicle. I also could see that I could take take an alternate route just before hitting the backup.
I merged all the way to the right just as the brake lights began blinking on. However, the dedicated turn lane was still clear. Without even breaking stride, I merged onto the alternate route and drove home with no further problems.
So, while the radio report was of little use, the traffic on the nav screen gave me the heads up I needed to avoid trouble. It made me a believer in this new technology.
Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 4,244 miles