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rj0's Settings Guide
Display: Auto. Notes - 3D potentially gives you more range, i.e you will be able to see LEO markers sooner, trade off is some extra battery usage. Auto seems to work perfectly, seamlessly switching between 2D & 3D when needed.
Sound: On. Notes - Alerts could be selected here as well, I just wouldn't choose Off for obvious reasons.
Voice Directions: English (US) Jane. Notes - Any voice from Waze should work fine. If you decide to record your own voice make sure you are prompt when speaking.
Avoid Toll Roads: Off. Notes - We want to get from point A to B as fast as possible.
Events Radius: 5 miles. Notes - Don't select On route only. You will not be notified if there is an LEO at an intersecting road that is technically not on your route.
Prevent auto-lock: On. Notes - If you mount your phone to your dashboard or windshield, you'll want to have this setting enabled. This will prevent your screen from turning off while the Waze app is open.
Personalize my ads: Off. Unknown if this actually slightly lessens the amount of data Waze collects about you. In the hopes it does, I leave this option disabled.
Child Reminder: Notes - Never used this, don't know how well it works. I guess if you forget your kids in your car a lot this setting is for you.
Display & map
Mode: Auto. Notes - Personal preference, Auto seems to work properly.
Color scheme: Default. Notes - Some people used to make their own color designs, I haven't found a reason to do this yet, default seems work work well.
Details on map: Turn Road Goodies and maybe Wazers off. Leave rest on. Notes - Road Goodies is like playing Pokemon Go while driving.
Car on map:
Alerts on route: At least keep Police, Crash, & Speed cameras enabled. Notes - Roadside help. I don't know if I would ever use this. Potentially dangerous.
Auto zoom: On. Notes - I tried experimenting with this setting, ultimately I felt that it was best left alone.
Lock North-up mode: Off.
Always show map controls: Off. Notes - Saves screen space.
Search on map: Off. Notes - Saves screen space.
Show friends on map controls:
Show zoom in map controls: Off. Notes - Leave off if Auto zoom is On.
Sound & voice
Talk to Waze:
Mute Waze during calls: Off.
Pause spoken audio: On.
Avoid toll roads: Off.
Avoid freeways: Off.
Avoid ferries: Off. Notes - Don't really know what this means. If you have ferries in your area you should look into this.
Vehicle type: Notes - If you are on a Motorcycle or Electric try experimenting with those options. I don't have either so I am not sure how that effects the route.
Add toll/HOV passes: Notes - If you have some time of pass, add it.
Reduce difficult intersections: Off. Notes - We want to get from point A to B as fast as possible.
Show speedometer: On. Notes - Useful for unfamiliar roads.
Show speed limit: When exceeding. Notes - Personal preference.
Play alert sound: On. Notes - See below.
When to show alert: 20mph. Notes - Experiment with this, but if you set it too low you may be hearing a lot of annoying beeps while you drive.
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