Engine started. Android plugged in. Ready to go? Vrooom!
Apps optimize our life in so many ways. Driving couldn’t be out of the equation.
There’s a lot apps can do for drivers, from finding the cheapest gas stations to real-time alerts about traffic jams. Apps can help you save both money and time just by providing useful info on-the-go. Appszoom has curated this assorted list of essential driving apps…. just for you!
Waze is a crowdsourced traffic navigation app with a simple premise: in many cases, driving-related issues are caused by lack of communication.
That’s pretty clear with traffic jams. If we know that there’s too much traffic on our route, we’ll probably take an alternative road, helping the problem instead of worsening it by lengthening the queue.
Waze’s main purpose is to provide a communication platform for drivers by making use of collective intelligence. Simply drive around with Waze in your smartphone and it will automatically share live traffic info with other drivers.
Whether you are one of those who likes to take gas mileage into account when planing trips (smart boy!) or if you are a courier following the same daily route, GasBuddy is a great idea. GasBuddy is a consumer network to exchange updated info on gas prices. Thus, no one should ever overpay for the precious black gold.
Prices are updated frequently by the Gasbuddy community. You can contribute your current local prices and earn points that can unlock extra features. Thinking long term, if everyone used this app, the price of petrol might drop a little everywhere, right?
Trapster wants to help drivers help each other. It provides a crowdsourced platform where drivers can report speed traps and other hazards, receive alerts, and vote on existing traps to keep the map up-to-date.
Unlike other similar apps, Trapster is oriented more to report about police controls and speed limit radars (make sure to check out if that’s legal in your country). However, “traps” is a keyword for many more issues a driver may found on the road: accidents, unsafe road conditions, congestion, etc.
Your long-stading repair shop might not be the best or the cheapest. In fact, you might even want to switch shops depending on the specific repair. However, that requires information. RepairPal can provide you with all you need to know about repairs, shops and deals.
You only need to introduce your car model and the breakdown of its condition. You can get an estimate repair budget and search for the best shops and dealerships nearby. You can even keep track of all your car repairs with a simple log. Tracking multiple cars at once is supported. Unfortunately, RepairPal only covers most models 1990 and newer, and it’s only available in the US.
Of course, if we are talking about essential apps for drivers, Google Maps must be included. In fact, Google Maps is a must-have app for any user, whether moving on wheels, on foot, or on paw.
Google Maps includes features that overtake all your expectations. It allows GPS navigation with voice guidance, exploring 3D maps, checking nearby recommended places by categories, orienting yourself with the compass mode, downloading maps and checking them offline, getting directions, checking databases of business and local places with info and reviews, sharing your location, getting real-time updated traffic info, Street View, and layers. Pheeeew!
Google Maps is the best mapping app so far. Period.
Drivers also need a good racing game to exceed the speed limit wihout worrying about fines. Real Racing 3 is one of the best racing games for Android so far.
Throw this in your cocktail shaker: outstanding graphics, real tracks, a huge catalog of car models, and a challenging upgrading system. The outcome is a deliciously addictive game. Despite the slightly greedy upgrading system, you’ll find yourself loving the constant upgrades plus the massive community of players.