Today I am feeling a little melancholy. Summer is fading away and those long sunny days spent on the dock at my cottage are becoming a distant memory. I have to say, I love spending time in cottage country … except for one part of it … the commute.
Living in Toronto, Canada’s largest and most traffic-intense city, escaping the urban confines has become a game of roulette. Should we leave before or after noon? Thursday or Friday? What route shall we take? All these decisions must be made with the purpose of getting to our destination in the least amount of time and dealing with the least amount of gridlock.
And then I discovered Waze. It’s become my co-pilot when I’m in the driver’s seat.
Waze is a community-based traffic and navigation app. When you download the app on your smartphone, you join drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road information. The result is saving time, gas, money, and generally making you a happier commuter.
What I love about Waze is the sense of community and collaboration with other drivers. It really feels like “we are all in this together.” You can actively report accidents, police traps and other hazards you see on the road.
Here are 5 ways Waze helps you make your commute pain-free:
- Live routing based on community driven, real-time traffic and road info
- Alerts including accidents, hazards, police traps, road closures, and more
- Turn-by-turn voice guided navigation
- Automatic rerouting as conditions change on the road (I l.o.v.e. this feature)
- Learns your frequent destinations, commuting hours, and preferred routes – which means less thinking by you!
Waze will also help you find the cheapest gas station on your route. You gotta love that! One word of warning, having Waze constantly running in the background can dramatically decrease your phone’s battery life. However, it will automatically shut down if you haven’t driven for a while
It’s great to know Waze will be our guide as we prepare to head to the cottage to close up for yet another season. (Sigh). Finally, we might be able to beat the traffic.