The smartphone has become an integral part of our lives, and it extends well beyond taking phone calls. Nearly every automobile manufacturer has incorporated Apple CarPlay or Android Auto into their vehicles. At the same time, the app stores on our phones offer an endless collection of apps that have replaced the traditional paper road map. Even better, some apps can save you time, money and streamline the driving process. Here is our list of apps that every driver should use on their commute.
- Waze: You're probably used to using Apple Maps and Google Maps. However, those navigational apps don't even come close to the benefits of using Waze. This app delivers navigation, but its primary benefits include its real-time, user-submitted data. You can see current traffic conditions and hazards instantaneously, such as hidden police traps, stopped vehicles, potholes, and even roadkill.
- Parkopedia: If you are driving to an unfamiliar location, you'll probably spend a great deal of time looking for parking. It can sometimes be stressful, but that's where the Parkopedia app comes in. This app scopes out spots and parking rates with an enormous database of more than 70 million parking locations in thousands of cities.
- MileIQ: MileIQ is a Microsoft-owned app that lets you conveniently track and report your driving distance and travel expenses. It is a super-efficient way to track your miles, especially if your work requires it. MileIQ can save you time and stress when tax season comes around.
- Gasbuddy: You can depend on Gasbuddy to help you save some money on your fuel expense. This app allows its users to locate and upload the most affordable gas prices in their area. You can also register for their exclusive pay program to save at least five cents per gallon.
- Cars.com: This is one of the best apps (and websites) to use when looking to buy a car. The app's primary function is that it lets you scope out new and used vehicles at dealerships in your location, including details and features of every car. It also includes dealer information and reviews and even a market comparison tool to show what similar cars sell for in your area.
We hope that some of these app recommendations make your daily commute a little easier. If you need any auto maintenance or repair services, bring your vehicle to Revolution Motor Works. Give us a call or pay us a visit in Finksburg, MD, today!