Selecting alternate routes via the arrow menu on the left is super simple. It even zooms out to a route overview with traffic patterns and as you hover over the alternates will identify them on the screen. When backing out of the menu it automatically "recenters" too.

I'm finding this way easier than the panning / zooming I was doing to check traffic before.

I can't believe I didn't find this sooner. I was so used to pinching and zooming on my cell in MAPS that I had never gone into that menu before. Thanks for the tips ya'll