Santa's not loaning his sleigh out, so you're stuck on the road.
Thus we have a traffic map, with help from Mapquest. This is customized for the Bradenton area. And clicking on the "larger map" feature at the bottom also brings up the larger Mapquest version so you can get directions.
When you're on the road, the Florida Department of Transporation offers a 511 service where by dialing that number, traffic updates and lane closures are available. You can even download a Florida 511 Traffic App for your iPhone and have your passenger look at the updates on the go.
If you prefer Twitter, Florida 511 has various Twitter accounts for traffic by region and Interstate in the state:
Tampa Bay (includes Manatee County): @FL511_TAMPABAY
Florida Turnpike Mainline: @FL511_Turnpike
View FDOT Traffic cameras from your computer, too.
Also, this link will help you find the lowest reported gas prices in Bradenton.
And we want to know: What streets are the best? How do you deal with backups? Tell us in the comments