Using HOV and Toll Passes
One lesser-known feature of Waze that’s actually pretty great is its ability to factor in which special and/or restricted routes that you’re able to take. It knows about High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes — those lanes that usually require you to have 2 or 3 or more people riding with you — as well as various toll routes, so if you tell it which HOV and toll passes you have, it will include those in its routing calculations.
Apple Maps and Google Maps don’t do this at all. You can tell them to avoid toll routes, but that’s about it, but they may very well tell you to avoid what looks like a slow-moving expressway even though you could be zipping along in the HOV lane.