Any way to avoid specific roads?

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Re: Any way to avoid specific roads?

Postby wsxedcr » Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:59 pm

I have similar problems, there are two highway entries that I can get onto, one that is free will take 1 minute longer, and waze will insist me to take the one that cost me $0.5 per trip. I hope I can avoid this highway entry.

It will be the best if there is a dollar/time calculation. So if I am paying $0.5 for saving 1 min, it's not even worth to pay the price.
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Re: Any way to avoid specific roads?

Postby trombenik » Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:20 pm

Me too. I always avoid the George Washington Bridge when heading from NJ to Westchester or New England. I need to say NO WAY!

Also, I need a way to stop Waze from insisting to go back to the "fastest" route after I have deviated BECAUSE I KNOW BETTER. We need a button that says DONT TAKE ME BACK, RECALCULATE.
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Re: Any way to avoid specific roads?

Postby tcalvert317 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:17 pm


What are you routing preferences set at?


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Re: Any way to avoid specific roads?

Postby nkjvcjs » Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:42 am

I have the same problem. There are 2 roads on my commute to work that back up badly, and I will sit on them watching the eta updates and "traffic is building ahead" notifications come up. If I can tell Waze to avoid Buchanan and Railroad, and just take side roads, my commute is much shorter, but I don't know the side roads well enough to know when to ignore Waze. The route options usually are the 2 roads I want to avoid, and something taking far out of my way.
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Re: Any way to avoid specific roads?

Postby marba73 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:50 pm

There are exceptions, if you navigate using the type of route "the fastest" in their alternatives it may show slower routes than if you choose navigate using "the shortest route".
So I think waze meanning of "the fastest routes" mean "prefer highways". Thus if it's some traffic event, then it will ignore faster routes just because they are shorter. Which is crazy.

See graphic example, note in the shorter routes the green route is faster than the blue route from the faster routes.

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Re: Any way to avoid specific roads?

Postby gettingthere » Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:18 am

Really no way to do what you are asking if an alternative route is not presented. Waze is designed to take you via the fastest route with the current conditions. There are other factors to the routing such as road type, distance, etc.

So likely the way Waze is taking you is the fastest route. If you want more control of your route and the fastest route is not that important, another App may suite you better.

There is toll road avoidance in the options. It's not sophisticated enough to allow the cost to be factored in. And not very helpful if you area has many toll roads.
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Re: Any way to avoid specific roads?

Postby gerben » Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:48 am

Does the third (preferred) route show up in the alternative routes list? If yes, the others are simply faster according to real time and historical data. If it does not, there is a possible map error on the third route.
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Re: Any way to avoid specific roads?

Postby GeekyGirl36 » Sun Oct 16, 2016 2:52 pm

I find that although Waze is quite accurate on route times, I personally avoid certain roads or routes.

An example of this is a main road that leads to my down town, that main road has a steep incline (3rd gear or you are crawling/HIGH RPMs) and I like to avoid such high gas guzzling routes.

Another example is Waze prefers me to take the interstate home from work which I live close by to. Technically it is faster, but I really don't like to get onto the interstate for less then a 6 mile trip when it only saves a minute or three.

So basically I have just been running Waze without routes; I just turn it on and drive as I see fit. As far as I understand, it is still collecting my drive data and including it for other Wazers.
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Re: Any way to avoid specific roads?

Postby chaaalie » Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:54 am

In the routes list there are three options, but the variations are AFTER the "Tampa route" bridges ... my issue is that some of these bridges have 7 or more miles between exits, and if there is a backup reported ahead of me once I pass that last "bail out" exit, I'm screwed.

It is a risk/reward scenario that just doesn't pay dividends for me ... if the two "Tampa" routes have no issues (which would be rare) I would arrive 3 minutes earlier ... but I'm willing to give up the 3 minutes because the "rural" route rarely has issues -- whereas the others are almost assured.

I have just started this route recently, and with the holidays ending I will be pushed more into the traditional commute hours (and so will everyone else) ... so maybe this week my preferred route will start showing up in the top 3 options.
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Any way to avoid specific roads?

Postby chaaalie » Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:19 am

I live in the Tampa Bay Area, and work on the other side of the bay ... from where I am there are basically three bridges to cross the bay and get to where I am going, and all three theoretically are highways/interstates so their posted speed is generally similar. The problem is that two of these bridges would route me through Tampa (city) and the third -- while only a couple miles and a minute or two longer -- would be almost exclusively "rural" interstate with much less traffic and simply a much easier commute ... but Waze is pretty insistent I take one of the high traffic routes.

Right now my only solution is to tell Waze I want to make a stop on the way actually AT the bridge I would prefer to cross ... but there really should be a more elegant solution. Being able to avoid specific routes or roads would be nice -- or simply being able to "reject" suggested routes until it comes up with one you like would be very helpful.

I'm a bit of a novice, so I apologize if I have missed some way to do this ... but I think I have checked out the options pretty thoroughly. Thanks.
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