Signal deviation from "normal" work-home route
So I am using Waze mostly for avoiding traffic going to and from work, I suppose like most people. It would be helpful to have a feature where it gives an audible alert if it is plotting a course that is different from the "normal" one to avoid traffic. I imagine this could work by determining the best route assuming no significant traffic, and giving an alert if it is plotting a different course than that. Same thing goes for changes in mid-course due to accidents, jams, etc., that occur after I start. Normal navigation announcements aren't too useful on a regular route like this; would prefer to have announcements when there is something out of the ordinary--even ONLY those announcements.
I wish this got more attention. I too mainly use waze like this. For default work-home routes or other pre-configured locations I only need sound when I'm either reaching a decision point for one of the regular routes, or full directions when I'm on a road that's not configured as a default route.
More than once I've hit a big traffic jam because I missed instructions because waze was on alerts only.
Another vote here, I was about to make a similar suggestion...
I too mainly use routes I know very well like the daily commute hence you don't have voice directions turned on. They soon get annoying otherwise, especially if you have a passenger.
When you start Waze up, it finds your route home/work and shows a little display of any traffic on your route, but this is not a map. So if Waze HAS re-routed you already away from traffic on your normal route and hence now shows no traffic on your new route, you don't realise this, you're not made aware it's not the normal route.
So you think great, no traffic on the way home and off you go. Without the voice prompts you're not aware Waze is trying to get you to turn off so you end up hitting traffic!
Once when I was caught out by this, after I passed the last junction where I could turn off to avoid the traffic jam, Waze then had to reroute me down the normal route and into the traffic. Only then did a voice announcement warn me of traffic ahead. Of course this happened just a few hundred yards past the last junction so I was not happy! If only it could say "turn off to avoid traffic on normal route"!!!
Glad the search function worked! I was thinking about this on my morning drive into work. How about "My Routes" where you could enter the normal, every day route you take to/from work. Waze could notify you how long your route will take given current conditions.
For example, I don't want turn-by-turn directions. I basically take the same route to/from work every day. I have to enable the navigation to get a sense of traffic and accidents. If it normally takes me an hour to get home, and Waze says it will take 2 hours, then I know I should plot an alternate route home.
I turn on the navigation as I leave work to simply see if it's taking me the "normal" way or if the default is an alternate. If it's an alternate, I know there's been an accident. I live in Portland, Oregon and there are very few alternate routes, as all roads have to cross the river. Especially crossing into Washington. There are only two bridges that cross the Columbia from Portland. It's a mess.
My Routes. How about it?
Rick Wozniak commented
This would be very beneficial to know why the route is being changed.
Jeff Jancula commented
I would LOVE this option. How Waze currently works reminds me of the spouse or friend that "nags" me about every turn along a route I use every day. It would be great to not have Waze nag me - instead simply tell me when something is abnormal along my usual routes.
Matthew Savoie commented
I was filing the exact same ticket. Although I would also include ETA changes in the audio alerts.
Alexander Chemerys commented
I came here to ask for this exact same thing. I dont need guidance on the same route to and from work day after day after day. however if my normal route has traffic and waze has a better way for the day, then by all means speak up.
James Jackson commented
Agree with this as well. I want silence when I am on my usual route and only want to hear suggestions for something off my usual.
Super agree with this! I have to believe that most people (certainly I) do not need any audio guidance 99% of the time. I can get to work in my sleep (not really, don't sleep and drive). The reason I'm using waze is for the 1% of the time when there's some reason I should deviate from my normal route. Would love love love to only have to hear it during that 1% and not the 99% when it's totally superfluous.
This finer grained detail idea might interest you: