traffic app

Photo Credit: Desiree Miller/FamilyFun TravelingMom

We all know about Google Maps as a helpful way to get from Point A to Point B, but the app Waze brings that all up a notch – not only suggesting how to get there, but also telling you if there are hazards along the way or a shortcut that you might not have known about before.

I only recently discovered the app after being invited to a luncheon with some of the Waze staff members. I really didn’t think I needed one more app—I was satisfied with Google Maps, which I used on a regular basis.  But I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try, and I’m very glad I did.

App Saves Time and Money

traffic app

Photo Credit: Desiree Miller/FamilyFun TravelingMom

My first realization: this app could save me all kinds of trouble and money, mostly with the heads up from other drivers about traffic issues and police traps.  And yes, I know I really shouldn’t speed, or break any traffic laws, but you know we don’t always drive like there’s a cop behind us, even though we should.

Working Together for Better Road Travel

My second realization:  this is a really cool way to benefit from teamwork.  The app works best when drivers report in as they pass an accident or road hazard. This can be done with the simple touch of a button—not something that’s going to cause that driver to stop paying attention to the road. Even better, it’s something passengers—even the kids in the car—can be part of.

Here’s how it works:  you download the app on your phone and when you’re ready to drive somewhere, simply enter the destination address.  Keep the app open while you drive and the app will use voice commands to alert you to upcoming issues, along with directions.

I am still trying to figure out how to keep the app open without it killing my battery life, but I keep my phone charging while I drive, so it’s not a huge issue (if I wasn’t able to keep charging, I’m not sure I could use the app as much as I’d like).

You can set up a profile and earn little rewards for your contributions.

It’s a fun way to get where you need to go and I’m certain it’s already saved me from at least one traffic ticket.