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24th March 2016 |

Waze: The GPS App That Could Save Lives

At Walton Bridge Garage, we’re big fans of tech and technical advances, especially if the result is a safer experience for those driving on the roads. So this new app Waze is right up our street, excuse the pun.

Driving is always a lot more complicated when you don’t know what you’re doing or where you’re going. Thank god the advent of the GPS has come along to save us all from multiple wrong turns, arguments, cutting lanes at the last moment and generally unsafe behaviour when in charge of a motor vehicle.

Even more so now that it comes as standard with every smartphone and you don’t have to shell out for an expensive in-car sat-nav that will only get your windscreen smashed after some hoodlum sees the sticker mark that it’s left.

City Mapper, Google Maps and the like are relatively reliable and do tend to give you the heads up on where the traffic is too potent, so what does Waze do differently.

Well, Waze alerts you if you are coming up to a particularly dangerous junction in terms of historic high crash and injury rates. Once you enter the ‘danger zone’ it will ping you a reminder to chill out and drive more carefully, in an attempt to lower incidents on said dangerous piece of road.

Waze intersection warning

Why care?

Last year there were 1,775 fatalities on British roads, 45% of which were car accidents. So if this new technology could go some way in reducing that, even by a small margin, it has to be worthwhile right?


Unfortunately for the time being, Waze is only alerting drivers in Boston, LA, the Big Apple and San Francisco, but hopefully, it’s only a matter of time before it starts to spread across the rest of the world.

Of course, it won’t protect you from the average idiot that manages to crash into you, but at least you can be on the lookout for others.

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