5 Waze Tips for Finding Cheap Gas, Sending an ETA, and More

Thanks to your smartphone, you don’t have to fill your glove box with gas station maps or buy spare GPS units.

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Navigation apps are great for getting to your destination as efficiently as possible, but they can do so much more. Waze has some cool hidden features that you might not be aware of. Read on for five Waze tips that will make you an expert in no time.

1. Find cheaper fuel

Gasoline prices are slowly falling, but filling up your car is still expensive. It might be worth driving a few extra miles for cheaper fuel, but you better know where you’re going or you’ll waste more gas.

You can search for the cheapest gas stations nearby using the Waze app. Here’s how:

  • Open the Waze app.
  • Press the Where to go ? search bar, then press the Service stations icon.
  • Your device will start searching for the nearest stations, with prices for each.

Want to see gas stations ranked by price? Here’s how:

  • Open the Waze application.
  • Faucet My Waze, then press the settings icon in the upper left corner.
  • Faucet Service stations.
  • Select Price in the Sort stations by section.

REMARK: Like the rest of Waze data, gas prices are externalized, so they may not always be up to date.

2. Find the best time to leave

You know you can open Waze and see current traffic, but what if you want to see traffic conditions forecast tomorrow or over the weekend? You can dodge traffic and obstacles on the way to your destination, which is especially important with crazy fuel prices.

Here’s how Waze can help you plan a trip for later:

  • Open the Waze application.
  • Faucet My Waze, then Plan a trip.
  • Faucet Plan a trip on the next screen to add a destination.
  • Find your destination in Search bar.
  • Choose the time and date you want to arrive at your destination, then tap to safeguard.
  • Based on real-time traffic, Waze will remind you when it’s time to leave.

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3. Send an alert if you are late

If you’re meeting someone for dinner or another event and you’re late, they might be worried about your well-being.

Let family and friends know when you’ll be with them by sharing your itinerary:

  • Open the Waze app and start navigating to your destination.
  • Faucet Shared drive.
  • Choose how you want to share your ride. You can use a messaging app, email, or tap More options to copy or save the link.
  • The receiver will receive a link where they can see your trip and your ETA.

4. Adjust speed warnings

You should always drive carefully and obey traffic laws, but you don’t need a warning every time you go over the speed limit by one mile per hour. You can adjust the buffer so that Waze only alerts you if you exceed a certain threshold.

Here’s how to set speed alerts:

  • Open the Waze application.
  • Faucet My Waze, then press the settings icon in the upper left corner.
  • Faucet Speedometer, then Speeding threshold.
  • Tap the speeding threshold to set when you will be warned by number or percentage.

5. Declutter your screen

It’s nice to have so much information on the road, such as police traps, speed cameras, traffic jams, road hazards, construction and other reports. But it can clutter your screen and distract you from what’s important to you.

Luckily, you can customize your map to show what you want and get rid of everything else:

  • Open the Waze application.
  • Faucet My Waze, then press the settings icon in the upper left corner.
  • Faucet Map displaythen Reports.
  • Scroll through the list of reports and tap each to show or hide them on the map or enable/disable alerts.

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