Few things can ruin a road trip faster than getting a speeding ticket.
The popular driving app Waze recently introduced a new feature to remind drivers to slow down. If you exceed the speed limit, the Waze speedometer in the lower-left corner turns red and the speed limit appears in a flashing bubble. The alert remains until your speed drops below the limit.
The new speed limit feature is turned on by default, but drivers can customize it. Tap the Menu button (which looks like the Waze logo), then tap the Settings wheel. Under the Advanced Settings menu, tap “Speedometer.” Drivers can instruct Waze to display the alert when the speed limit is reached or exceeded by increments of 5 MPH. You can also instruct Waze to play a sound when you exceed the speed limit, or if you don’t want to use this feature at all, you can choose to turn off the speedometer or speed limit on Waze.
Speed limits are available on Waze in nearly 30 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and more than a dozen other countries. Waze is working to add speed limits to the remaining states and additional countries.
Waze is a free navigation app that uses crowdsourced information to warn drivers about traffic conditions, from congestion and accidents to police speed traps. Like other navigation apps, it provides voice guidance and suggests alternate routes based on real-time traffic conditions. Waze is available for Apple and Android devices.