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Waze Secrets: Why Navigation Goes Crazy Sometimes?

Experts advise - for a long journey, set shorter routes

Probably every driver uses modern technologies very often to facilitate travel from point A to point B along the best route, fastest, and without difficulties. And probably the most commonly used are two of the most popular mobile navigation applications – the mapping platform Google Maps and Waze, which are owned by Google company.

And whoever has used both applications knows that there is a difference between them. The best thing about Waze is that the work is based on a community of people who are currently traveling and provides real-time data that is used by other people traveling the same route. And they are warned about any situations on the road – traffic accidents, accidents, traffic jams, etc. Including the presence of police patrols, something that seems to make this application more desirable. But it also happens that Waze “gets stuck” and does not offer the best route expected by the user. Why do things sometimes go haywire and the app goes “crazy”?

If Waze fails to provide you with a route to a certain destination, the first and most important thing to check is your internet connection. The app requires a constant internet connection, so once your device goes offline, not only does it fail to generate routes, but the app stops updating itself with real-time traffic data.

Then even Google recommends users configure the shortest possible routes. In other words, if you’re going on a long trip, the best way to use Waze is to set the navigation for a shorter trip along the route. The search giant has a very good explanation for the errors that Waze can sometimes encounter. Since longer routes create an additional burden on the server, the application may experience technical problems that more often affect the quality of navigation.

So how long is too long? In theory, any drive that’s over 350km is considered to generate extra server load, so sticking to a route that’s shorter than that should do the trick.

If you’re a die-hard Waze user, you’ve probably noticed that the app sometimes fails to provide accurate information about a critical point. The main reason for generating an inaccurate estimate is the number of Waze users along the route who have noted what is happening at that location. The fewer the number of human reviews, the more limited the data the app receives along the route. As a result, the navigation system cannot accurately generate a critical point simply because it does not have enough information about what is happening in front of you.
If you use suggested destinations from Waze, the first thing you should know about this feature is that it works entirely based on your navigation history. And it’s not always the best for you.

So, if you want to disable suggested destinations, what you need to do is delete your navigation history. To do this, look for the menu called Browsing History in the Privacy screen of the settings menu. Just tap each month you want to see the activity and then tap the Clear All Activity button to get rid of the data. Needless to say, if nothing works, your best options come down to reinstalling the app completely.

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