Image Source: Flickr
If you search for driving apps on your smartphone or tablet PC, you’ll find plenty of time-killing games that challenge you to parallel park your virtual car, to race to get kids to school in your virtual bus on time, or even see if you can maneuver a limo without hitting anything. However, delve a little deeper, and you’ll find some apps that could actually be really useful to you as a driver. Here are 4 fantastic apps that have enjoyed great success in 2014, making it easier than ever before to control, maintain, and manage your vehicle.
Google Maps has been around for a while (since 2005, in fact), but it’s only recently that drivers have started to utilise the navigational aspect of the app which offers satellite navigation through your own personal device, rather than needing to buy dedicated hardware. In 2014, additions were made to the app which makes it one of the most comprehensive sat nav systems available, helping both new and experienced drivers enjoy the ride. Updates in 2014 include offering alternative routes around road closures to keep you moving, and pop-up information boxes for nearby places of interest, so you’ll never miss out on seeing the local sights.
WhatGas Petrol Prices
There’s nothing worse than popping in for petrol and paying 139.9 pence per litre of unleaded, only to find a petrol station just a few miles further down the road offering it for 117.9 pence. If you’re tired of paying above average for your fuel, then the WhatGas Petrol Prices app could provide significant savings. The app tracks your location, showing you your nearest petrol stations, and displaying up-to-date prices at stations within a given radius, so you can make an informed decision, even when you’re on the road. Perhaps best of all, this app works in many countries throughout Europe, so you’ll never be caught paying a Euro more than you have to.
Park Me Right
This app is designed for those of us who are a little forgetful, and is a very clever, long overdue solution to traipsing around car parks with bags of heavy shopping trying to remember where we’ve parked! The concept is simple – simply mark your parking place in the app via GPS, and go on your way. When it comes time to find your car, the app will not only remind you where you parked, but will also display the quickest walking route to its location. This app comes in extremely handy during the sales when the car parks are heaving, if you’ve left your car in a long stay car park at an airport during the summer, or if you’re enjoying a day trip to an unfamiliar city.
aCar is an app designed to offer comprehensive support and backup to drivers, offering two primary benefits. Firstly, the app enables drivers to quickly and easily keep track of fuel consumption, providing detailed financial data to ensure you’re getting the best from your vehicle. Secondly, the app collects vital information about your vehicle, such as the make and model of parts used, and past service dates, ensuring you have all the necessary information for mechanics to successfully diagnose and fix faults quickly and easily. It’s like having all your car’s paperwork in your pocket at all times – you never know when you might need it.