Once you have the latest Google Maps update installed, the rest is a breeze.
1. Open Google Maps and plot a route.
2. To upper right, beneath the microphone symbol you’ll see four more buttons: search (the magnifying glass) mute (the speaker icon) compass lock (the compass needle) and finally the button for reporting traffic incidents (a dropped location pin with a + sign in it). Tap the location pin icon.
3. On the menu that pops up from the bottom of the screen, tap the type of road hazard you want to report.
4. You’ll have about three seconds to change your mind, or you can tap Confirm to stop the timer and submit the report immediately.
5. Now you’ll see a hazard warning pinned to your location on the map, with a symbol representing the issue and a number indicating how many people have reported it. For example, if you’re the first person to report a car accident you’ll see a symbol of a damaged car next to “1 reported.”
That’s it — now you can continue cruising along your route, happy in knowing you’ve possibly helped other travellers avoid a delay.
Traffic incident reporting is just one of many of the incremental improvements Google has made to the Google Maps app over the recent year.