Tuesday, December 1, 2015

New KanDrive site struggles to keep up with demand; issues being addressed to better serve you in the future

Last week you may have noticed that we announced a re-designed KanDrive, and were touting its capabilities to run on all internet platforms, from mobile, tablets to desktops computers. It had 100,000 users in just three days of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and then you, our loyal users noticed it wasn’t performing as usual.

And when it wasn’t performing to the high standards that we have for KDOT applications we went to our backup plan, the old 511.ksdot.org and were able to get current road condition information out to the traveling public.

Why did the system break down?  There were several contributing factors, including a hardware issue and overwhelming usage. In fact, the demand for information from KDOT’s travel information services was three times greater than it had ever been before.

We’re grateful so many of you sought road information from KanDrive and we appreciate (seriously) that you let us know when the system didn’t work. We know what the problems are and they are being fixed. So please, the next time there’s a storm, come back to KanDrive for information that will help you make the best travel decisions.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

KanDrive redesigned just in time for winter weather

With much of the state under a winter storm watch this week, be sure to check out the KanDrive website or call 511 to find out about road conditions.

Viewers may notice that KanDrive has a new look.  The website was redesigned this month to make it more user-friendly and to be more compatible with smartphones.  Users are encourage to check the site before they leave and to not check their phones while driving.

Tell us what you think of the newly designed site in the comment box below.

And we want to wish all of you a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Know before you fly

Drones are expected to be one of the top-selling holiday gifts this season.  In anticipation of that, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday its recommendations to require all drones to be registered online.  The process is expected to be free.  Those found without registered drones will be subject to a fine up to $25,000.  It's important to note that these are just recommendations at this point.  No deadline has been announced for when to have your drone registered and the registration process has yet to begin.  To read the full FAA report, click here.

The short-video below also gives some safety tips for drone owners.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Rare footage shows how transportation evolved in New York City

Starting in 1905, check out how transportation changed through out New York City and the country through this rarely seen footage.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

1. Check your vehicle's condition: tire tread and pressure, fluid levels and mechanical equipment.

 2. Have an emergency kit, including bottled water, blankets, non-perishable food, chargers and a flashlight with batteries.

3. Allow plenty of time to arrive at your destination.

4. Check road conditions before you travel by calling 511 or visiting kandrive.org, particularly in the instance of inclement weather.

5. Buzzed driving is drunk driving. Have a designated driver for the ride home.

6. Buckle up. Every trip. Every time.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I-70 Closed At Goodland

The photo above is near Goodland from our KanDrive cameras. As you can see it's white-out conditions, which is why I-70 from Goodland west to the Colorado border has been closed as of 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

For the latest on road conditions, please visit KanDrive.org or call 511.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Winter Weather: Know before you go


With parts of northwest Kansas under a blizzard watch for tonight and tomorrow, we want to encourage everyone to visit our newly designed KanDrive site or call 511 to get the latest on road conditions.  As of Monday morning, conditions are clear but weather can change rapidly so be sure to keep check before you leave the house.

Travelers near Colby will want to be on the look out for our new tow plow.