It’s back-to-school time, which for many of us means last-minute errands for supplies, after-school activities, and early AM and late PM school pickups. For others, it’s all about getting back into the swing of work as summer draws to a close. Whether you’re getting used to a new school or office route or the same one as last spring, Waze has you covered with three must-have features to get you back in the commuting game and start the school year safe and stress-free.

Speed Limit 

Running late for 1st period? Soccer practice? An early breakfast meeting? The Speed Limit feature helps you avoid tickets and drive safer by letting you know when you’re going over the legal limit. It’s especially helpful during the back-to-school months when some speed limits on school routes change to keep kids safe. No need to be caught off-guard!

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IMAGE SOURCE: Waze

Q: How do you enable the Speed Limits Feature?

A: Menu > Settings > Speedometer. Toggle ON and adjust speed limit settings and alerts to your preference. A visual alert will appear right on the Waze speedometer.

Planned Drives 

Thanks to Planned Drives, no more stressing about when to leave the house. Simply enter the time and date you need to arrive and Waze will recommend the best time to head out the door. Get ready to be on time to every homeroom, football practice, and important appointment across town…

No matter whether you’re planning for today or later in the week, Planned Drives sends you a reminder close to the event with an updated departure time based on real-time road conditions. Who needs unexpected construction getting in the way of after-school fun? Set it and forget it.

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IMAGE SOURCE: Waze

Q: How do you schedule a Planned Drive?

A: Go to Menu then enter your destination in the search bar. On the Waze ETA panel, click the Waze Planned Drives icon (on the bottom left) and you’re set!

The Planned Drives screen opens and illustrates peak traffic hours along your future route, taking into account expected traffic conditions based on smart algorithms, aggregated traffic history, and predictive analysis.

For extra-credit points: grant Waze access to your Calendar and/or Facebook and your school appointments and Facebook Events will automatically become Planned Drives.

Hands-Free

A car full of kids can be distracting enough. Use Waze’s hands-free, voice-controlled settings to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the carpool line. Hands-Free even allows you to *vocally* report any incidents that pop up along the way so you can continue to help other drivers.

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IMAGE SOURCE: Waze

Q: How do you enable Hands-Free?

A: Menu > Settings > Voice commands > Toggle on “Enable” (and customize how you’d like activate)


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