Top 3 Tips to make your drive home easier

THIS year, Waze wants to help make travelling for Christmas and the year-end a little less stressful, so here are top three tips for Malaysian drivers.

Tip #1. Choose Non-Peak Periods to Travel

Based on travel statistics from 2016, Waze predicts that traffic conditions will start to worsen on Friday, Dec 22, between the time of 1pm and 3pm.

Worst Times To Drive Nationally:

Fri Dec 22 (The Worst Day to Travel): 1pm to 3pm
Sat Dec 23: 5pm to 7pm
Sun Dec 24: 12pm to 2pm
Mon Dec 25: 12pm to 2pm
Tue Dec 26: 2pm to 4pm
Wed Dec 27: 1pm to 3pm
Thu Dec 28: 1pm to 3pm
Fri Dec 29: 12pm to 2pm
Sat Dec 30: 3pm to 5pm
Sun Dec 31: 12pm to 2pm
Mon Jan 1: 12pm to 2pm
Tue Jan 2: 2pm to 4pm

Source: Waze data, Insights based on total drivers per hour, December 2016

Another way to avoid peak travel periods is to schedule your drive with Waze's Planned Drive function. All you have to do is follow these simple steps:

Tap the Menu .
Tap on the Planned tab.
Tap the plan icon to add a drive.
Search for your destination in the Search bar .
Choose the time and date at which you'd like to arrive to your destination and then tap Save.
Once you've set a future drive, you'll see it appear in the Menu panel under Planned. You can also choose a more convenient route and avoid high traffic areas.

Tip #2. Avoid Areas with High Traffic

Those travelling outside of Kuala Lumpur during this time should also take note of the top 5 states known to have seen a large increase in traffic during the year-end holiday period, especially Malacca, which had a 1.3 times increase.

States that see Largest Increase in Traffic:

Malacca 1.3x
Perak 1.2x
Kuala Terengganu 1.2x
Sarawak 1.2x
Sabah 1.1x

Source: Waze data, Insights based on total drivers per day, December 2016

Tip #3. Have a Merry Song-Filled Journey

A road trip just isn't as festive without music and those returning to their hometowns or just taking a trip across the city can include a little Christmas cheer with the Spotify integration within Waze. By simply linking a Spotify account to Waze on your Android or iOS device, your favourite music playlist from Spotify can autoplay at a click of a button when you begin a trip on Waze.

You can also play any of these globally trending Christmas music on Spotify:

All I Want For Christmas is You, Mariah Carey
It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas, Michael Bublé
Santa Tell Me, Ariana Grande
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – 2010 Digital Remaster, John Lennon
Last Christmas – Remastered, Wham!

Have a merrier ride this holiday and try out Waze for yourself! You can download the Waze app today in the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store today. For more information, please visit www.waze.com.