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Driving Over the Holiday Weekend? This App Will Help You Avoid Traffic and Cops

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This handy map/directions app will streamline your trip — alerting you to traffic, state troopers, and even hazards like debris on the road.

waze driving directions traffic alerts police

Waze is an improvement on Google Maps and other GPS devices I’ve tried because it integrates user reported data in real-time to help you see problems in advance. They also offer gas price reporting to help find the best deals near your location.

waze driving directions gas prices

And though I don’t care about my Waze rank, munching the occasional “road goodie” like Pac Man is pretty entertaining.

In addition to some interesting voice options, it can also sync to your Google account and creepily ask if you’re heading to the XYZ appointment if you log on near that time.

waze driving directions voice options

My few criticisms of this free app:

  • You can’t input the starting route, so if you know you want to take the interstate and Waze has decided local roads are the top 3 best routes, you’ll have to start driving before it will readjust.
  • It is a little slow to calculate new routes, so when you see traffic building up, you might want to recalculate the route to see if there is a better option.
  • It goes through a battery pretty quickly, so make sure you have a power source.

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