Please add support for U.S. Routes.
Hi, and thank you for responding to my last idea so quickly, I really appreciate it, and I apologize in advance for the length of this post, but I have some more suggestions and ideas as well.
Could you please, please include U.S. Routes in your exit data as well? This way, exit data won't be limited to Interstates alone. Many people, often take U.S. Routes in lieu of the Interstate because sometimes they unnecessarily add to the length of the trip, have more traffic and are not as scenic as U.S. Routes. Case in point, U.S. Route 13.
My husband and I often take U.S. 13 South instead of I-95, when we are driving from NYC to VA. In fact, when I first told my parents that we were going to drive down for the first time last Summer, the first thing they said was to stay away from I-95. This was something that I remembered that they always did when we took road trips. We only took I-95 if we had to for whatever reason, otherwise, we just stuck with U.S. 13.
Leaving NYC, we take the New Jersey Turnpike all the way, and after we have crossed into Delaware, instead of taking the exit to I-95S, which takes us through D.C., we take U.S.13S all the way, where it is not only scenic, and has access to numerous amenities, like Rest Areas, Restaurants, Fast Food, Gas, Convenience Stores, Malls and Shopping Centers, Supermarkets, Schools, Hotels, but it also passes through Dover Downs Racetrack and Casinos and further South, it takes you through Farmland, and Historic Towns, and it crosses the Chesepeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
Not only do you get to see more than you would taking I-95S, but it also shaves an hour and 45 minutes off the trip and has a lot less traffic too, even on major travel holidays like Memorial, Independence and Labor Day. I have also found that it is also more conducive for stops especially if you are on a long drive and need to pull off somewhere to rest, and seeing different things, and having numerous opportunities to pull off might reduce the chances of drowsy driving and any accidents that may result from it. Many of the places I mentioned on this route are open 24 hours, and many places leave their lights on and so, the roads are very well lit as well.
I-95 is monotonous, and the most exciting thing you'll see is D.C. but before and after that, and you're pretty much limited to being bored to death (literally if you doze off,) staring at the trees as they pass and hope that you'll see something different or playing "count the overpasses" as well as whatever road trip games you played as a kid.
Currently, there is no other Exit finder app anywhere that does this and so, if U.S. Routes are implemented, IExit would be the first to do so. I am not sure if IExit relies upon user data submission where routes and amenities are concerned, but if it does, then I think that a lot of people would be willing to mention the things they've seen along the U.S. Routes they've taken and their favorite stops along the way as well.
When traveling out of town I find that I am only on interstates 25% of the time. It would be great if US routes were included. Basically, this app is useless most of the time!