Traffic – we despise it, we can’t stand it and we’ll do anything to avoid it. You can catch the morning news before you head out to work, tune in to the traffic updates on the radio – or you can download a traffic application on your smartphone. These apps are here to help you elude bumper-to-bumper driving, accidents and any other annoying traffic hazards. Some of these apps may be better than the rest, but each app has its own advantages, so it’s worth trying them out to see which one you like best. Below are a few of the best apps out there to help you evade that pesky traffic.
Let’s be honest. We take our smartphones and tablets everywhere. They keep the world at our fingertips. It’s hard to resist bringing your phone to the beach and taking a selfie, a panorama of the shore or a cute candid of your kids playing in the sand; however, the elements can quickly turn your photo op into a disaster.
We love the water, heat and sand, but they are natural enemies of our devices. Want to know how to keep you electronics safe at the beach this summer? Here are a few quick tips to make sure your beach trip doesn’t turn into a tragedy.
Get a Waterproof (Not Water Resistant) Case
First thing’s first: You need to make sure your device is waterproof. Water resistant cases and covers will help protect electronics from drops of water, but they won’t help if your device gets knocked out of your hand and completely submerged.
There are plenty of great waterproof phone and tablet cases from brands like LifeProof. LifeProof’s cases are waterproof and can withstand being dropped. They range between $80 and $130.
If a waterproof case is a little too pricey for you, try a Dry Case. They’re waterproof bags that fit your phone or tablet and range from $40 to $60. The best part is you can still use your device while it’s in the Dry Case.
Looking for something a little more inexpensive? How about something you already have in your pantry – a Ziploc freezer bag! It works just as well as the dry bags, and while it might not be drop-proof like the LifeProof case, it’ll still keep your device safe if it decides to jump overboard.
Keep It Cool
Heat and electronics do not mix well. If your phone or tablet overheats, it will stop working. To prevent this from happening, try to keep your devices in the shade. No shade near you? Throw a towel or blanket over it to shield it from direct heat.
If your device does overheat, do not turn it back on until it is at room temperature. Get it out of the heat as soon as possible. You can also throw it in a cooler that doesn’t have water or ice in it. Let it cool to room temperature and turn it on again.
Sand-Proof Your Phone
Sand can get into the nooks and crevices of your device and cause a real problem. Trust me, just last weekend I had my laptop on the beach, and when I went to plug it in at night, there was a tiny rock wedged into the charging area preventing me from plugging it in.
There are a few things you can do to prevent sand and rocks from getting into your device. One option is to use painter’s tape or electrical tape to cover crevices in your device. Another option is to use one of those dry bags or Ziploc bags. Just be sure to dust off excess sand before you remove your device from the bag.
So remember, before you hit the beach, make sure your devices are protected from water, heat and sand. Do you have any other suggestions on keeping your electronics safe from the elements? Let us know about them in our comment section below.