qwaletee wrote:To me, there is. When you hear the word road, you have better mental context.
Is this in contrast to the mental context you have when Waze tells you to turn onto a river, railroad, boardwalk, or runway?
When Waze says, "Turn left on Broadway", I don't wonder whether that means to enter stage left or stage right. I know that it means a street not a theater.
Lots of roads don't have "road" in the name. The point is that regardless of whether Waze says, "State route 99", "C A 99", "California 99", "Highway 99", "State Highway 99", "The 99", or plain "99", the driver should understand it in context.
"Forest Service" is going to be a trail in that context. There are a finite number of turn instructions that Waze gives. I dare say that all
are in the context of being on a road.
qwaletee wrote:And when you're already nervous because you aren't sure where you're going, ...
I admit to not knowing what you mean by this. But that is the wrong mental state for operating a motor vehicle at all. Such a person needs to pull over safely somewhere and park. Review the route. Be familiar with the names ahead and the turns to be made. Do whatever it takes to remove the uncertainty. It is so easy with Waze to drag the map to see what is ahead. The turn instruction text is prominently displayed on the screen.
And above all, if Waze tries to route you across a FS-nnxnn road and you don't know what it is, select fastest route
or drive somewhere else first. You probably shouldn't be on such a road if it wasn't your intended destination.