xteejx wrote:Wow, nice work with a wealth of information to look at. How I wish more wazers were like this!
I've tried to grab the same route now (10:14pm Tues 17th July) and it's given me A4114, A45, A452, A446 and the M6 to Junction 14.
This is the 2nd route, the first one being pretty much the length of the M6 Toll which is 5 minutes faster according to waze.
I'll take a look at each of those "better" routes and see if there's anything missing or wrong on the waze side. Bear in mind, waze will try to keep to fast roads as much as possible, i.e. lock towards motorways BUT, have you tried this route with the "Avoid Highways" option on? It will avoid the M6 and the M6 Toll completely and may well give the A34 route as an option.
Remember you will need to press the Routes button if the one Waze gives you first off isn't the one you think is right. Especially on longer routes like this where there are a couple of choices with motorways, A roads and that.
Will look into the A34 first off, see if there's anything obvious causing the problem.
As I say, there's nothing wrong with Waze's routing on a normal day, it chooses the quickest roads. Friday evening is the killer though, it needs very special routing to avoid getting stuck in traffic hell. The M42 is largely blocked from J3A to J9. The M6 is completely blocked from J4 to J16. Any route using those roads is a total no-go on Friday evenings. I've tried the avoid highways option but I shouldn't have to keep fiddling with settings, Waze should just recommend the best routes at any given time, especially when it has a lot of traffic reports to draw upon. (there are a *lot* of Wazers around Birmingham)