In the past 5-10 years, new technology has changed the world forever. Soon, there are going to be more mobile devices on the planet than people, each with dozens or even hundreds of apps. So it’s no wonder that they are changing the way we drive. Not only can you get navigation directions on your smartphone, but you can access the latest traffic information and even find out how economical your driving is through different apps.
But which driving apps in particular should you keep a look out for? Find out below:
Apps for finding your way:
This free app offers navigation through audio and on-screen instructions, along with offline map access and live search from Microsoft Bing and Google. The maps are provided by OpenStreetMap.org – a free map wiki that’s updated by around 250,000 users.
It may be free (and it used to be standard on an iPhone), but that doesn’t make it any less useful. This app comes with a satnav option to help you navigate any journey.
Pinpointing road problems via an app:
RAC Traffic lets you see incidents, delays and roadworks across the UK on a Google Map. You can view a specific region or your current location and zoom in for more details of the incident.
Getting help from an app:
With this free app from rescue service Green Flag, not only will you be able to pinpoint your location, you can even access expert driving tips and set alerts that will notify when your tax and MOT is due.
Driving economically with an app:
According to the AA, this app is designed to measure how economically you drive your vehicle as opposed to how economical your vehicle is. Simply launch the app and select your vehicle, then place the phone securely on your dash and start driving to get a rating on just how economically you drive. The site states that: “this challenge-based app could help to improve your driving techniques and see you save an average of 10 to 20% on fuel bills.”
Keeping your car healthy with an app:
With this app, you can add details of your vehicle and equipment to keep track and remind you of everything that’s important. You can:
- Save key vehicle and machine information such as make and model and vehicle registration.
- Add vehicle reminders including servicing, oil change, tyre pressure, insurance and more.
- Add machine reminders including oil checks, pressure checks, planned shutdown times and more.
- Access and edit your details from multiple devices.
Improving insurance rates thanks to an app:
Marmalade has launched its Intelligent Marmalade app that introduces drivers to the world of telematics, or ‘black box’, technology. With a telematics scheme your insurer will fit a tiny black box to your car that monitors your driving. The box is hidden out of sight and tells your insurer how fast you go, where and when you’re on the move and how harshly you’re braking and cornering. This information can be used – if you drive well – to save hundreds on your insurance premium. The Intelligent Marmalade app, for example, is tailored for young drivers. It mimics the firm’s telematics offering and monitors all the things that will tell you how safe a driver you are, with the exception of speed, before delivering a score. This can act as a good guide as to whether you could be saving with a black box.
Keeping expenses in line with an app:
My Cars is designed to help drivers keep track of outgoings using various logging tools for your expenses. Helpful features include a fuel logger, efficiency program and maintenance recorder. There is also an option to manage costs including insurance, parking and petrol. The app is easy-to-use, and even allows you to set advanced reminders for servicing records and bills – which could mean the days of forgetting when your MOT is due could be over.
More and more driving apps are on their way
Which driving apps do you find most useful out on the road? Let us know in the comments below (no hyperlinks please, they’ll be stripped out – ed).