Waze offers daily commute tips during Ramadan season

By JAY WONG | 16 May 2018

PETALING JAYA: With Ramadan starting tomorrow, social navigation software pioneer app Waze is offering a few traffic tips to help ease the stress of being stuck in traffic.

Four main tips and traffic predictions have been provided based on the travel pattern and statistics of past years for one of the busiest traffic periods.

Tip #1: Avoid the PM Rush!
Waze - 01 PM Rush
Based on last year’s traffic data, Waze predicts that Malaysians will experience a shift in driving behaviour, with 4pm to 7pm being the busiest hours in the day during the Ramadan month, as compared to the 5pm to 9pm rush that is generally seen during other months. It is recommended that those rushing home for “Buka Puasa” avoid travelling between 4pm to 7pm.

Tip #2: Plan Ahead for Friday Drives
Waze - 02 Friday Drive
Waze also notes another shift in behaviour, where people drive most on Fridays during Ramadan, the month of giving, caring and sharing. Fridays are the most significant day of the week for the Muslim community, as families make their way for Friday prayers before a restful weekend. Those who will be out and about on Fridays are advised to plan their drive by checking the Waze app in advance to determine traffic conditions before making a speedy escape from work to “Buka Puasa”.

Tip #3: Better to be Safe than Sorry on Highways
Waze - 03 Dangerous In KL
While highways are convenient, those heading home using highways are advised to always be alert. Waze has found that the areas commonly reported to have road accidents are on Lebuhraya NKVE, Jalan Kuching and Lebuhraya Salak highways. Use Waze to check for accidents up ahead and choose a different route so as to not add to the traffic congestion.

Tip #4: See Something, Say Something!
Waze - 04 Types Of Reports

If you see an incident on the road, be it an accident, a pothole or a car stuck at the side of the road, help fellow Wazers out by reporting it. All you have to do is:

The app is available on both App Store and Google Play and can also be found on www.waze.com.