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5 tips and tricks to make Waze your best co-pilot

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Waze is one of the most popular driving apps today. Why? Because Waze chooses the best route for your trip based on distance, but also on current road traffic conditions, thanks to the information provided by its community. It’ll allow you how to avoid unexpected congestion and save time. So here are five Waze features for you to (re)discover, in order to make Waze your best co-pilot.

1. Choose the best route

By default, Waze gives you the route with the shortest journey time based on its calculations (road, traffic, roadworks, etc.). This means that the app can sometimes suggest you to take a longer route in terms of distance but it will be a shorter journey time. Fortunately, the app also allows you to choose your route among several options. This feature isn’t well known among users, but can be very useful.

To try this out, when entering a destination, don’t immediately accept the first proposed route. Click on Routes and have a look at the alternatives. Sometimes, you might find a better route that way.

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Alternative routes can sometimes be more convenient. © NextPit

2. Change the voice

Have you had enough of Waze’s default voice? Don’t despair! The app allows you to change the voice with rather funny options (Settings > Sound & voice > Voice directions). Waze also allows you to record your own voice or that of a friend for an even more customized driving experience (Settings > Sound & Voice > Record my voice). Also, if you want to improve your language skills, you can also change the language.

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Want to improve your English? Use Waze in a different language. © NextPit

3. Avoid speeding fines 

Getting your license is good. Keeping it is better. If you don’t want to start building up points on your license, then it’s better to avoid fines for speeding. There are a high number of speed cameras and it’s you would be committing an offense for going just a few kilometers over the limit. Fortunately, Waze is aware of this and wishes to help you abide by the Highway Code. In addition to displaying the speed at which you’re driving, you can set the app to warn you if you are exceeding the speed limit. You can opt for an audible warning when exceeding the authorized speed limit by 5%, 10%, 15%… or 5 km/h, 10 km/h, 15 km/h.

  • Go to Settings > Speedometer > When to show alert
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With this option, you no longer have any excuse for your speeding ticket. © NextPit

4. Synchronize your calendar

Waze is particularly used by professionals on the road and people who regularly use their car in a professional setting. If the address of your next appointment is in your calendar, Waze can read this information (if you authorize it to do so) to provide you with the best route, so that you don’t have to rewrite the address in the app.

  • Go to Settings > Calendar
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Synchronizing the calendar can be convenient for professionals on the road. © NextPit

5. Synchronize contacts

In a similar manner, Waze allows you to synchronize your contacts with the app. You can then go to your friend's home by clicking on their name. You can also send your ETA to your contact from the app so that they know when you’ll arrive.

  • Go to Settings > Account & Login, and then tap Phone number. Enter your phone number and the validation code sent to you by text message.
  • Then tap the Friends icon in the lower right corner and click Allow access to contacts.
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You can send your ETA to your contacts through Waze. © NextPit

Do you know other tips for Waze? Don’t hesitate to share them in the comments below.

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Pierre Vitré

Pierre Vitré
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Pierre has a strong passion for new technologies and mobile since its first StarTac. Android user since 2011, Pierre became totally hooked. He never leaves his smartphone and smartwatch and still believes in the success of Google Glass. That's why he joined to be the head of content.

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    Sorin Jan 7, 2018 Link to comment

    I like Waze.