Getting Used to Navigation Apps

Navigation was a need then, and it’s still a need now.


You probably use navigation apps for real-time directions and traffic information without even thinking twice about it. But did you know that popular navigation apps are actually changing traffic patterns? There’s a problem with that, however. In their attempt to minimize travel time and congestion, apps make use of every available road, but they don’t necessarily differentiate between roads that are built for high traffic volume and roads that are not. The result, in many places, is unexpected bottlenecks for drivers and inconveniences for neighborhood residents.

So, the question is perhaps burning inside you: how Do you get used to navigation apps without causing more harm than good? When you’re on an Amsterdam city trip, how do you keep yourself from becoming a nuisance, while still using navigation apps in renting a bike in Amsterdam?


Some Tips in Using Navigation Apps

Tip #1: Find an app that you’re comfortable with, and keep using it.


There are probably three names that stand out as the most popular when it comes to navigation apps. These three are: Waze, Apple Maps, and Google Maps. Try all three apps and see which works best for you. And then practice using your favorite so you can use it on the fly. If your car has its own navigation, throw that system into the contest as well. You may find the built-in nav is better than the apps on your phone.



Tip #2: Before leaving, spend at least 30 seconds to familiarize yourself with the route.

You don’t want to find out at the last minute that you’re going to have to cross three major roads or make a few quick-succession turns or merges. A few moments getting a general sense of the route and the direction in which you’re headed will help you make better split-second decisions while you’re driving — not only keeping you on your intended route but keeping you safer, too.


Tip #3: Don’t accept every route change that promises to save you time.

Navigation apps often suggest rerouting to save time. Sometimes it’s a good idea, and sometimes it isn’t. Knowing when to accept can make you a smarter navigation app user. A good rule of thumb: Only accept the route change when it will save you five minutes or more of travel time.