How much time do you spend in traffic commuting to work? Well according to Google, it’s as much one full day per year. Yikes! A new Google Maps Commute feature is here and it’s (hopefully) going to reduce your drive time. Read on to find out how to make it work for you.

Google Maps is much more than a way to get directions. Sure you can map out your route for a family road trip or get travel distances and times. But now you can plan ahead when it’s time to roll out the door to work.

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With the new commute tab, Google Maps users can get live traffic info. This reduces those, “Surprise! There’s a massive traffic jam that is about to make you 45 minutes late for your morning meeting!” moments. Not only can you get IRL updates on changing traffic patterns, but the app also gives you alternate—and thus less traffic-conjested—routes.

But what happens if you don’t only drive to work? If your commute is a combo of car and public transportation, the new feature can also help. You’ll get information on the various parts of your commute, knowing where traffic is, when trains depart and even how long your walk from car-to-train/bus/other public transport is.

Oh, and those crazy-long waits at your local train, subway, or bus stop are over. The app includes real-time public transportation info for riders in 80 regions, meaning you can see where your train or bus is immediately.

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