Long distance night driving is bad enough, but compounded with rain and construction barriers makes is that much more trying. Imagine listening to the radio when unexpectedly interrupted by the buzzing alarm of the emergency broadcast system with a message of a severe thunderstorm, high winds and possible hail. Several towns are announced along the route you think you are traveling including mile markers in the path of the storm. The problem is you can't see the markers because of the concrete barriers. Fortunately, a cell phone at your fingertips allows you to call ahead to a family member to see if you are indeed driving into the oncoming fury. Communication has certainly come a long way since the days of the letter and early technology of the telegraph and first telephones, giving instantaneous connections to distant points. "Can you hear me now" can even be "Can you see me?"