Realtors® spend a lot of time in their cars and a lot of that time is either meeting clients or driving clients. It's incredibly frustrating for agents and clients when things don't happen on time because of something on the road you could have avoided. Which brings me to Waze..if you don't use it yet, I would highly recommend checking it out.
Waze, the GPS navigation app that was developed in Israel beginning in 2006, is considered by many the best navigation tool that exists for Android and iPhone users. Even though it was acquired by Google in 2013, it remains distinct from Google Maps. The main difference is that its information is generated by a large network of users in real-time.
Waze keeps you out of traffic jams
While conventional mapping apps alert you to traffic slowdowns, there is often very little nuance provided to help the driver decide whether it’s worth taking a detour. What’s great about Waze is that the information is being provided in real-time by actual drivers who will let you know whether the traffic is simply bad or unbearable.
Indeed, even though many tech experts argue that there are some ways in which Google Maps remains superior, most reviews conclude that Waze is better at finding unconventional routes around traffic jams.
The difference in price between different gas stations in an area is usually not great enough to deviate dramatically from your route, but if there is an opportunity to save a couple bucks by going to the next gas station up the road, Waze will let you know. You can easily search for the cheapest gas on your route.
Estimated Time of Arrival Functionality
Waze also offers you an easy way to alert friends of your estimated time of arrival. If you’re connected on the app with your friends, you simply tap on ETA icon and send them an update. Not only are you avoiding the trouble (and risk!) of texting them enroute, but the fact that the ETA comes from Waze assures them that the estimate is accurate –– and not just your own wishful thinking!
Food revolution is on the horizon
Waze just recently struck up a deal with Dunkin’ Donuts that will allow users to order coffee and donuts ahead of time through the app. It’s not hard to imagine taking advantage of this tool if you are on the go between home showings!
Your priority is to get where you’re going as fast as possible, but it’s worth noting that Waze can also help take stress off your commute by making light of the frustrations of driving. Users can commiserate about traffic conditions (don’t text and drive), which is nice because misery likes company (which the Google robot just can’t provide). Other fun features include a selection of celebrity voices that you can choose to narrate your directions as well as an ability to warn fellow drivers of speed traps.