With all the new apps aimed at drivers, navigating has never been easier. Ask your closest friends the 5 top apps they can’t live without, and Google Maps or Waze is guaranteed to be on their list. Getting from point A to point B is getting more affordable, more time efficient, and safer thanks to these must-have apps. If you want to radically improve your driving experience, then you need to check out these apps and the changes they’re making:
How we buy gas: Gasbuddy
Ever fill up on a tank of gas, only to drive a few blocks down the road and find it being sold significantly cheaper? We all have, and gas prices change so frequently that we’re always kept guessing where to find the best deal. Wouldn’t it be nice to compare all gas prices at the fuel stations closest to your location? thankfully, there’s an app for that.
The best thing about this app is it isn’t influenced by any one gas company, so you aren’t just directed to the nearest Shell or Mobile. Though the app does list the brand name of the gas station, it includes every station so you’ll know the cheapest gas available. Apps such as these are giving drivers an edge over has prices, which might be keeping prices competitive and more in our favor in general.
How fast we drive: Speedometer GPS/Cobra iRadar
Whether your motivation for using a speed tracker is to be a safer driver or to fight your way out of a ticket, being more aware of your driving speed is changing the roads by making them safer for you and neighbouring drivers. Apps such as Escort Live or Cobra iRadar make it easier to stay within a safe and legal speed limit by bringing your attention to how fast you’re driving and when you go over a certain speed. It’s also possible to print off reports, which comes in handy if there is ever a dispute over the speed you were going.
How we communicate: Windshieldink
Before now, there really wasn’t a way to leave a message for another driver, unless you were prepared to leave a handwritten one without knowing when, or if, they’d see it. Now there’s an app that allows you to send messages to vehicle owners in real time, simply by using the vehicle’s license plate number. Windshieldink is solving numerous problems by enabling vehicle owners to be contacted, such as pets left in hot cars, car alarms going off, lights being left on, and much, much more. Next time you’re parked in a tow zone, or have a low tire, registering with this app could save you a call to roadside assistance.
How we rent cars: Car2Go
City dwellers and globetrotters who are looking for a nimble way of navigating from one location to the next must get acquainted with the Car2Go app. This international app makes it possible to rent a car by-the- minute, hour, or day from the convenience of your smart phone. Unlike other car rental services, Car2Go offers extreme flexibility with the ability to drop off anywhere in the home area of your city. You can also drop off in the home area of another city as well, making it the perfect rental car for road trips that go through multiple cities, and even countries. You won’t have to sweat the details such as insurance, parking, or fuel, as they’re all included in the minute price. This app provides the freedom and benefits of having a car, without actually having to own one.
How we spy on our kids: SpeedView
Parents of newly driving teens can’t keep watch 24/7, but what they can do is use this app to monitor their teen’s driving tendencies. This app uses the phone’s built-in GPS to log the current, maximum, and average speed, as well as the direction, total distance, and time. Now you’ll know when and where your young driver goes over the set speed limit, or if they wander outside set boundaries. This might be one piece of technology your teen isn’t thrilled about, but just having it setup is bound to make any driver more mindful of their driving habits.
How we find parking: Best Parking
Finding available parking is a typical conundrum for city drivers, often leading to heated arguments with loved ones as you make your 5th circle around the same block. Drivers now have another tool in their arsenal called Best Parking, which finds nearby parking spots with prices listed. You can also save time finding your way back to your parking spot by taking advantage of apps such as Google Now that remember the location of your car for you. Trying to locate your vehicle in a big parking garage or in an unfamiliar neighbourhood is now half the task it use to be, especially after a night out.
Apps are also changing the way we listen to music in cars. Long gone are the days of storing multiple CDs in the center console or above your sun visor. Now instead of a CD player your car is probably equipped with a USB port or phone adapter. Apps such as Pandora or Spotify are making it even easier by allowing you to set up playlists ahead of time and automatically connect via blu-tooth. Simplified controls such as swiping for volume and to change songs make it possible to skip ahead without taking your eyes off the road.
With all the time we spend on the road, it only makes sense to take advantage of the technology available to us. Many of these apps are giving drivers an edge over parking spaces and gas prices, as well as making the road safer for everyone. We’re proud to be a part of the innovation surrounding vehicles and drivers, and look forward to remaining at the forefront of communication between those who share the road.
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