As digital technology continues to advance, app designers and programmers are constantly creating ways to make our lives easier, in almost every way imaginable. As we spend a lot of time in our cars every day, a wide range of driving-focused mobile apps have made their way onto the market to help our journeys pass without a hitch. Here are some of the most helpful apps available to drivers and how their capabilities can help your in-car experience:
1. Smart Dash Cam
Dash cams have been steadily growing in popularity with motorists over the years, as its capabilities have proven to be beneficial to driving in a number of ways, including as evidence in a crash, and helping improve road safety. However, dash cams can be expensive and not all drivers have the money to buy one.
Smart Dash Cam is a free app available on both IOS and Android devices. It uses your phone camera in the same way as a dash cam does. You can adjust the app’s settings to choose how long you would like the recorded loops to last, which is helpful when you wish to conserve memory space on your device.
A handy feature even enables you to use your phone’s other capabilities while the app is operating in the background.
2. Google Maps and Apple Maps
This pair are definitely two of the most commonly used driving apps and their functionality cannot be understated. With Google Maps and Apple Maps automatically installed on Android and Apple mobile devices respectively, at least one of these two apps are at the fingertips of a large portion of the population.
Both offer clean and accurate mapping, helpful directions, and journey length estimations with options for all different kinds of transport. The voice navigation capability is very helpful and removes the need to look at the maps on your mobile device, which is of course not good for road safety.
Bear in mind that it is essential to be connected to the internet via data or Wi-Fi to use the app. However, if you’re heading somewhere you think may not have connectivity, you can download maps in advance so you don’t get caught out.
If you’ve ever filled your tank up at a service station and ended up regretting your choice when you spot cheaper fuel prices further up the road, then this app is for you. Gaspy provides a crowd-sourced map of local fuel prices, which aim to help motorists find the cheapest fuel in town.
Gaspy is available on both Android and IOS devices and offers a competitive element to finding the cheapest fuel. Within the app you can earn Gaspy coins by logging your fuel prices. You’re also helping your fellow travellers!
This handy app provides users with the location, pricing, and availability of car parks in the closest proximity to your chosen destination, minimising the need to drive around looking for a park.
With the added capability of pre-booking a car park in advance, this app takes away one of the most stressful aspects of travelling. If you live in, or commute into, a busy city this is a game-changing app that can help you avoid wasting time that lets you to get to your appointments on time.
Parkopedia is available for free on both IOS and Android Devices and operates in 89 countries, so you can even put the app to use on your overseas holidays.