Waze: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

Waze has become one of the most popular ways to track traffic and navigate the world with ease. However, despite the fact that the app has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Waze. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: It Doesn’t Always Provide the Best Route. Though you might think that taking the first route the app gives you is a good idea, that’s not always the case. The default route that Waze provides might be longer than other routes. To see alternative routes on Waze, check the Routes option to see the three best routes to your destination.

Number Fourteen: It Allows Users to Update it in Real Time. Some accidents and traffic issues reported on Waze resolve themselves before the app has time to remove the issue. To help other users on the app, people can update the status of a traffic incident to remove it from the map.

Number Thirteen: It Sucks Your Battery Dry. Waze uses two parts of the phone that require a lot of battery: the GPS and the screen. In order to save your battery while you use Waze, plug it into a charger while you use it.

Number Twelve: It Lets You Look Up Your Contacts. If you link your contacts to the app, you can just type in a friend’s name and the app will direct you there on its own. However, it is important to note that you have to enter your friend’s address in order to use this feature.

Number Eleven: It Streamlines Your Appointments. If you link your calendar to Waze, you can have it navigate to your appointments just by pressing a button! That way you don’t have to retype the address.

Number Ten: It’s Responsible for a Woman’s Death. One woman and her husband were using Waze while traveling in Brazil. When trying to navigate to their destination, Waze took them to a street with the same name but in one of Brazil’s worst neighborhood. The woman was shot and killed inside her car.

Number Nine: It Lets Users Explore the Way They Want To. The app even allows for users to opt for “Dirt roads,” and users can also opt to avoid toll roads and freeways. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Waze, coming soon!