Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Waze (Warning: NOT A FITNESS POST)

WARNING...This is NOT a fitness posting, but I think it is helpful. Thanks to "the nerd" I have a slight interest in fun, geeky apps. I know this many of y'all have seen this app, but it was introduce to me before I left for Beaumont on Sunday, which is perfect because I was going to spend alot of time in the car. WAZE is a FREE app that allows you to "join forces with other drivers to outsmart traffic, save time, and gas money, and improve everyone's daily commute. "By simply driving around with Waze open, your're already contributing tons real-time traffic & road info to your local driving community. You can also actively report accidents, hazards, police and others events you see on the road, and get alerts coming up on your route too. Find the cheapest gas station along your route with community shared gas prices". For example, I turned Waze on when I got in my car headed to Beaumont. Every time I saw a police on the road I reported it or every time I saw an accident/ etc I reported it. Since other drivers were using waze and doing the same, reporting, every time I got close to a hidden police/speed trap a notification popped up on my phone to alert me...not that I was speeding or anything :). It showed me where traffic was heavy (more heavy in ATX than in Houston believe it or not). I also was able to share my drive with my parents so they could see where I was on the road (much better then when I was in college and I had to call them when I left Austin/San Marcos and before and after I went through the busy city Houston). This "share" feature can also be used when picking someone up. They can know how far away you are from arriving. I am sure there are MANY more features of this app and there are a few kinks BUT I'm enjoying it! 

Let me hear about your experience! 

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