I know, like myself, you probably have an arsenal of good excuses for being late—
“I was waiting for my deodorant to dry.”
“I super-glued my eye thinking it was contact solution.”
“I fell asleep in the shower.”
But wouldn’t you like to cut down on your tardiness if you could avoid it?
Waze is the “world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app,” and the perfect tool to help you with your punctuality. It may not be able to make you get up earlier, or help you find your other shoe, but this app will make your commute significantly less lengthy.
- CHOOSE YOUR ROUTE – Waze will always automatically set you up with the quickest route to your destination (based on real-time traffic reported by other users), but you also have the option of avoiding tolls or highways by choosing a different route. Your course will also change to a quicker alternate route if traffic begins to build on its current path. I’ve found that feature to be extremely helpful whenever there’s any unexpected heavy traffic during my commute.
- REPORT AND RECEIVE ROUTE ISSUES – As you drive, Waze will alert you to road reports from other users. For example, if there is a car stopped on the side of the road, Waze will tell you to be cautious as you approach its location. The app also notifies you of other reports on your route, including hidden cop cars, accidents, road obstructions, construction, red light cameras, and more. You can report what you see along your drive to help others and earn bonus points, but I find this to be easier and safer with a passenger to help. (Keep your eyes on the road!)
- RIDE WITH FRIENDS – If you connect your Waze to Facebook, you will automatically be able to see which friends are currently using the app, and even be able to communicate with them. If multiple friends are navigating to the same location, you can see how far away everyone is relative to the destination and each other. There’s also an option to text your route to a friend (already at the destination) that will show your ETA and real-time updates of your location.
Besides all that, there are even more capabilities that Waze has to offer, and I suggest you see them for yourself! Be late because you “couldn’t find any clothes,” not because of traffic.
Written by Guest Blogger, Sandy Gomez