Summer has returned to Los Angeles and with it, the annual barrage of visitors to the city who add extra vehicles to our already congested freeways. Yet beyond the usual chaos, LA drivers face an even bigger for this summer: Carmageddon.

The complete shutdown of the 405 freeway begins with ramp closures starting as early as 7 pm PDT on July 15 followed by lane closures starting at 10 p.m to ensure the full closure by midnight. The northbound 405 between the 10 and the 101 (10 miles), and southbound 405 between the 101 and Getty Center Drive ramps (4 miles) will be closed for 53 hours!

So, What Now?

To help remedy this imminent disaster on the LA freeways, Waze, free navigation and traffic app for smartphones has created The Carmageddon Resistance – a grassroots band of drivers all on a mission to fight LA traffic, wherever it is found.

To be part of The Carmageddon Resistance, drivers should download Waze to their phones and follow the group on Twitter(@BeatCarmageddon), where they’ll receive round-the-clock communique providing real-time traffic updates, effective alternative routes and other up-to-the-moment local road info…

What is Waze and how can it Help?

Waze is a free traffic and navigation app that uses real-time road reports from drivers nearby to save commuting time, and improve everyday driving. Way more than just another free navigation app, waze’s social layer is what sets it apart – giving drivers the power to work together to report and receive the most relevant traffic information available at any given moment.

Waze is as interactive as you want it to be – by simply driving with the app open on your phone, you passively contribute traffic and other road data that waze incorporates to keep the map 100% live, but you can also take a more active role by sharing road reports on accidents, police traps, or any other hazards along the way, helping to give other users in the area a ‘heads-up’ about what’s to come. Waze also integrates tweets about current traffic, Foursquare check-ins, Facebook friends on the road, as well as points, ranks, and badges…