Is there a better navigation app than Google Maps?While Google Maps has many features that will help you navigate through life, the Waze app is something worth looking into.Acquired by Google in 2013 for $1.3 billion, Waze is a crowdsourced GPS navigation app that pulls data and information from other Waze users to show you where the worst traffic jams, crashes, and other obstacles are. If you know where the accidents are, you can successfully avoid them.Not only does Waze recognize your favorite routes and automatically give you a traffic report, but it also has a helpful feature that allows you to share your routes with other Waze users. You can easily keep track of friends and family members by sharing your routes on Waze. Related: 7 travel hacks only the pros know to save time and money Low on gas? No problem, Waze can also tell you where the cheapest gas is near you so you won’t run out while getting the best deal around.
Why switch to Waze?In some countries, Waze is more effective than other navigational apps, because it relies on residents and travelers to develop its data. This can be essential for travelers who may find themselves confused by a foreign street system. Related: 6 apps to find cool places to visit on your next trip With Waze, addresses and major landmarks can be easier to find. Especially in infamously difficult places like Africa and Central America.Here are some Waze features you should know:
- See what’s happing in the area – Get alerts about traffic, police, hazards and help alert other drivers
- Find the quickest route – You’ll receive instant routing changes that help avoid traffic jams to save you time
- Plan ahead – Waze lets you know when you’ll arrive at your destination based on live traffic information
- Save money – With Waze, you’ll find the cheapest gas along your route