Prior to using WAZE I used the Google Maps app to get me from one place to another. In general Google maps is pretty accurate and convenient. The one thing Google Maps was missing was a speed limit indicator. Some roads change the speed limit often. One minute it’s 55 mph, then 45 mph and some go as low as 25 mph. You don’t want to be informed of the speed limit by a police person pulling up behind you with lights flashing.
Enter WAZE GPS App
Not only does the WAZE app get you from point A to point B but its interface shows the current road’s speed limit. If you are driving in excess of 5 mph over the posted speed limit it will make make a dinging sound. It s up to you to either slow down or take your chances. In addition to speed limit alerts, WAZE provides notifications of potential speed traps, red light cameras, construction zones and more.
To give WAZE a test run, we drove from New York to North Carolina using the app as our travel guide. It did a stellar job in getting us there timely, safely and without speeding tickets. The app calculates the route, displays the total mileage of the trip and gives a pretty accurate ETA. It adjusts the ETA if you, like us, make many pit stops. For example, our trip was supposed to be approximately eight hours. However, with several stops to eat breast breaks it lengthened the trip.
A Note about Pit Stops: Turn the WAZE app’s volume down/off once you leave the vehicle. There’s nothing more alarming than closing the restroom door and hearing a voice emanating from your pocket/purse telling you to turn around and make a left.
The WAZE Community
As far as locating police activity, it’s about 95% accurate. Apparently WAZE works because of its community. There is a community of users who provide reports on what they see when they see it. The app registers the report and appends a timestamp to it. This helps other WAZE drivers determine whether or not to alter their route if there’s heavy traffic or construction.
If you opt to go through the construction or heavily trafficked area, you can update the time stamped report by either giving it a thumbs up indicating the condition still exists. Or, you could click the other icon which indicates the report is no longer valid.
I found the WAZE app to be easy to use. Programming my trip in was easy and following the turn-by-turn directions were even easier. I liked the speed limit notification and of course the heads up on heavy traffic. Unless something better comes along, I’ll continue to use it to plan my trips.