Have you been wondering what Waze Road Munching is?
Welcome to the club! Although this is a less-known feature of the platform, knowing how to take advantage of it can be very useful.
Waze is a crowdsourced app, which means that user contribution is not only welcome, but critical to ensuring that everything runs like clockwork.
Below, you’ll find some useful information that will help you understand this feature better, as well as make the most points out of it when available.
The 3 main things you need to know about Waze road munching are what this feature does, what you can do with the points you earn, and how you can find roads for munching.
Read on to earn points while you drive!
Since this is a bit of a “hidden” feature, there’s not a lot of information out there, so it stands to reason that the first question you’re asking yourself is: “What on Earth is that?”.
In reality, the feature is a super simple concept, but very few people have taken the time to understand it.
In a nutshell, Waze Road Munching is a tool the app’s developers use to encourage drivers to test out newly mapped roads. Whether a new street has been built, or a fourth lane for a high-speed avenue has been inaugurated, the platform needs people to drive through them to increase GPS accuracy and get input on any potential road hazards.
Granted, Waze could hire their own drivers and cars to do this (like Google does for Maps), but that would represent additional costs. By using Waze Road Munching, the company can save a lot of money by using its crowdsourcing concept while rewarding users with points.
It’s a win-win situation.
Usually, roads that are “up for munching” will have a different look to them when compared to the rest of the streets and avenues on your map. Munchable roads typically have a more pronounced light blue tint to them, and some dotted lines along them.
Also, depending on your app version, your navigation arrow might temporarily turn into the Waze’s blob mascot and pretend like it’s eating the dots as you drive (yes, just like Pac-Man). This feature can help you earn a lot of points, and keep other drivers informed in the process, so there’s a lot to gain, and nothing to lose!
Now that you know what Waze Road Munching is, it’s high time we talked about what you can do with the points you earn. Depending on how long you’ve been using the platform, you might have a vault full of them or barely a handful.
Whatever the case may be, I have some bittersweet news for you – they’re not that useful.
You see, Waze does reward you with points for Road Munching, updating pothole notifications, or confirming police presence as you drive, but given that this platform’s main purpose is navigation, points are only a small bonus to the experience.
Now, this is not to say they’re completely worthless. You can use them to rise through the ranks on the platform’s scoreboard and become a Waze Champ, which allows you to communicate directly and frequently with the app’s developers.
And if that’s not your thing, you can also use your points to get new accessories for your Waze avatars, such as crowns, new colors, and much more.
Lastly, let’s talk about where you can find roads for munching, since, as you can imagine, they’re not everywhere.
Given that munchable roads are only those that Waze’s development team needs to have verified by users, they can be a little hard to come by naturally. After all, it’s not super common to have new streets and additional lanes inaugurated daily.
Sadly, at the time of writing of this article, there’s no official way to search for Road Munching – it’s more of a luck or no luck situation. If you happen to drive by one such road and want to give it a try, knock yourself out, but it might be a while before you run into one.
I want to commend you on your efforts to understand every nook and cranny available on Waze. It’s users like you that help other drivers stay safe and informed on the road.
I hope this piece has helped you better understand what Waze Road Munching is and how you can use it to your advantage to rise through the platform’s ranks. Although it’s not very common to come across a munchable road, I hope you have lots of fun when you finally encounter one on your daily route.
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