How the Waze App is Changing Driving in Virginia
As a Virginia personal injury attorney specializing in Hampton Roads car accident cases, I’m always interested in how technology affects motor vehicle laws and law enforcement. I remember being fascinated by radar detectors when I was a new lawyer in the 1980s. How cool was it to be able to tell when the police were ahead of you on the highway so you could make sure that you were going under the speed limit? The Waze app is an innovation that is changing driving in Virginia.
Among other benefits of the new Waze app is the crowdsourcing of information about police on the highway. I myself don’t really use the app but when I’m traveling long distances I’m often with my wife. She has the app on her phone and gives me a running commentary through her phone about traffic conditions, where there are accidents and stalled vehicles on the shoulder.
Perhaps the best feature of Waze though is that other motorists tell you where the police are setting speed traps on the highway. Now I’m not condoning speeding although as a practical matter most of us do speed a little bit, especially on the open road. However, it is good to have full information about where the police are sitting hidden behind a tree or an overpass.
If nothing else it is interesting information. If it causes me to tap on the brakes to make sure that I’m within the speed limit all the better. Although there’s lots of downsides to cell phones and even downsides to the Waze app it sure is nice to know where Smokey is out on the road.
How Does Waze Work?
There are many GPS-driven apps and software to choose from. These include options that may have come pre-installed in your car’s dashboard interface or on your mobile MapQuest or Google Maps.
Waze is different and more interactive. It relies on the power of other people to steer you down the right roads. Waze boats as many as 100 million users. They share a whole range of useful information about what they encounter along the way.
Waze can make your trip safer if you heed warnings about broken down vehicles or slowed traffic ahead. However, you should use a hands-free device so as Waze is not another cause of distracted driving.
How Does Waze Update Virginia Drivers?
Waze receives real-time updates about anything that could slow your progress. Input from other drivers, who are known as Wazers, allows this interactive app to alert you to important items such as police activity, accidents, work zones and even minor hazards like potholes and disabled cars on the shoulder, states Lifewire.
Waze utilizes this vast amount of information to seamlessly predict accurate arrival times and give you real-time directions as you drive.
It’s a useful app whether you are driving on the urban highways of Hampton or on rural roads on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Of course, you should not rely on an app to be alert. Always watch out for hazards and exercise defensive driving techniques. If another driver causes a crash that harms you or a family member, please call our Hampton Roads legal injury team at (757) 455-0077.