Avoid traffic, monitor mileage & never struggle to find parking again! Download these phone apps for drivers today to make car journeys easier.
Since the birth of the smartphone, Androids and iPhones have been evolving at an astonishing rate. Nowadays we use our mobile phones for much more than sending messages and making calls; they are advanced Internet hubs and a source of thousands of apps designed to make your life easier.
Here we take a look at the best apps for drivers that were made not to distract, but to aid our everyday driving, from parking and avoiding traffic to finding the cheapest fuel prices nearby. There are plenty of accessory holders
and hands-free kits
to buy for your smartphone as well, so you can seamlessly use any of these driving apps on the move.
1. Waze (iPhone, Android)
Everyone hates traffic, which is one good reason why every driver should love Waze
. It’s the world’s largest community-based traffic alert and navigation app. In other words, it provides you with traffic data and road information from other drivers, minute-by-minute – and it’s free! This makes Waze an invaluable driving app if you are a regular driver on busy roads. With a quick check of the simple and intuitive navigation map, you can avoid traffic jams and save yourself a lot of time and stress. Not only that, you can also do a good dead by adding your own experiences to the app for other motorists to see.
2. CoPilot Premium HD (iPhone, Android)
CoPilot is a feature-packed navigation app, which offers high end stand-alone sat-nav capabilities for a fraction of the price. It has a strong Google search feature and a myriad of customisable options, alongside a My Places section for important destinations. Not only that, all maps are downloaded directly to your mobile’s memory so you don’t need mobile connectivity to navigate on the road. The UK and Ireland version of CoPilot Premium HD costs £19.99, and the Europe version is £34.99.
3. JustPark (iPhone, Android)
is a parking app that helps drivers around the world find and reserve the ideal parking space at their destination. Once you’ve downloaded JustPark for free, it’s astonishingly quick and simple to find available parking spaces in any location and book one for a date to suit you. The reservation is made instantly through the app, leaving you free to carry on with your day without the worry of parking fines or time restrictions.
4. Find My Car (iPhone, Android)
Have you ever forgotten where you parked your car? Make sure you never have this problem again by downloading the free Find My Car app. After parking, the app will remember the GPS location of your vehicle and show you its current location on a Google Navigation map on your phone. You can use this map to locate your car with or without internet connection, so that you are never left hanging. Although GPS is of course mandatory!
5. WhatGas Petrol Prices (iPhone, Android)
Another app for drivers that tackles one of motorists’ biggest frustrations is WhatGas
. Finding the cheapest deal at the pump in your area can be a bit of a lottery, so WhatGas offers a straight-forward way to find the best fuel prices on any given day, at any petrol station in the UK. This saves you money and time. WhatGas Petrol Prices is free to download on any smartphone and only a GPS connection is required.
6. iClaimIt (iPhone)
If you own a company car or are leasing a private car, you will know how hard it can be to track your mileage. The iClaimIt app helps you out with your logbook-keeping by remotely tracking your daily mileage and expenses at the click of a button. Thanks to GPS software, iClaimIt will record this data and work out the maths on your phone. It will even export monthly data to a desktop CSV for you! iClaimIt is currently free for iPhones, so get downloading.
At Sandicliffe, we have a specialist fleet department where you can find excellent offers on new fleet cars
. Our deals can help you get the best price for your mileage target.
7. GloveBox (iPhone, Android)
GloveBox is another handy app for motorists that helps you cut the cost of driving. It tracks your vehicle’s fuel economy and expenses through GPS, so you can find out exactly how much it’s costing you to run and maintain your car. Advanced options in the app allow you to view fuel units in litres, imperial or US gallons, add multiple car users and partial or full-tank entries. All data generated by GloveBox is stored in ‘the cloud’ so that you never lose it.