The commute to work or driving a senior client to a doctor's appointment can become stressful if you hit unexpected traffic. Senior caregivers can use the Waze app to plan their driving routes before they start the car and minimize their time spent in traffic by picking the best route as displayed on the app in real time.
The Waze app allows drivers to type in their start and end points and receive directions in the same style as a GPS, but it also shows other users in the area on the map who are in transit and how fast they're traveling. Simply by turning the app on and entering a destination, users share information about their speed and travel time with the app. Using this data, the app determines where the heaviest traffic lies so that it can prepare an accurate estimated time of arrival and the fastest route of travel for users. As seniors must take a new driver's test in some states, once they reach a certain age, this service can be helpful as they prepare for their driving test. Caregiverlist provides a listing of state requirements for senior's driving tests.
Drivers also have the ability to report a traffic jam, an accident, a hazard or a closure at specific spots on the interactive map so caregivers can be prepared for what lies on their route and the directions can offer them an alternate route if necessary. Although the app asks drivers to report these in specific areas when they encounter them, remember to practice safe driving. Make a note of where you encountered the traffic jam or the closure and report it on the map once you arrive at your destination.
For senior caregivers, the Waze app provides an opportunity to avoid extra stress while commuting or while driving with a senior client by more effectively planning a drive before getting behind the wheel. If there's unavoidable heavy traffic, the app will predict how long travel time will be so caregivers can get on the road ten minutes earlier and eliminate stress about being late.
The Waze app is available for free for Apple and Android platforms.
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