You know we all love to hear that famous ladies voice “re-calculating” on our navigation device and sometimes our devices are not up to date. I know the one in my car isn’t and it can be very annoying at times (not to mention That Voice).
While traveling on the West Coast a few weeks ago, we were introduced to this new app for your iPhone or Android called Waze. It’s the fastest growing trend for navigation. It’s free and very easy to use.
I just recently used it today to get to CT to see my friend. Normally I use my navigation, but with this neat little app, it tells you if there’s traffic up ahead (which I suggest you listen to the directions), if there is car broken down, or even if there are cops ahead. The way it knows all of these things, are other Waze users and passengers are letting the rest of the community know.
It also gives you alternate routes to get to your destination. For instance, I was traveling on 95 South today and was supposed to get off at a specific exit to get to Route 9 (the normal route I travel). However, this fun little app informed me there was traffic ahead (actual standstill traffic). I thought I would outsmart it and continue on, but I was wrong. I decided the last minute to get off where it was telling me (thanks to the red brake lights!) and avoided a good 45 minutes of traffic (I’m assuming this because anyone who has traveled through Connecticut knows you are stranded once you’re in it).
I got off the exit it was telling me to (along with others) and I ended up at my destination only 6 minutes passed my original destination time. Which I don’t really mind considering I could have still been sitting in that glorious traffic!! As I was continuing on my merry way, I also saw other Waze users around me on my app. Which is pretty cool.
If you have a GPS system that you’re not in love with, or don’t have one at all, I highly suggest downloading this app. You get to create a profile, cute little character and get to your destination traffic free!! What’s better than that?!