The best apps for drivers in 2016
It seems like smart phones can do just about anything these days, so it should comes as no surprise that there are a lot of apps out there designed specifically for drivers.
Of course, we would never recommend that anyone use their phone while driving unless they have hands free capabilities, but there are a lot of applications available that don’t even require you to even touch your phone and make hitting the road not only easier and safer, but cheaper too.
We have gone through and tested a huge selection of mobile applications for drivers and have come up with a list of the top ten apps, so without further ado, Simple Car Loans is proud to present the best driving apps of 2016:
Why it’s on this list: Petrol prices are really unstable these days and making sure that you always find the cheapest fuel prices in your area can save you a lot of money.
Petrol prices are just one of those things that everybody complains about. Fuel is a necessary evil that, depending on how much you use your car, can end up costing hundreds of dollars a week.
Well, the first app on this list is for those of you that are fed up with filling up your tank only to find a petrol station just down the road with cheaper prices: GasBuddy- helping people get more bang for their buck.
It’s as easy as creating a profile and putting in you postcode, GasBuddy does the rest. It offers a list of dozens of stations around wherever you happen to be and displays their current prices.
Price: Oh, and did we mention that it’s free?
Why it’s on this list: Who likes paying speeding fines?
The amount of money charged for accidentally going over the speed limit just seems to keep going up. Luckily, a company called Sygic has released an app that not only lists over 60, 000 speed cameras Australia wide, but also keeps track of your current speed, tells you about any nearby traffic hazards and can even record your drive using your phone’s camera.
Speed Cameras by Sygic has a huge user base and the ability for people to pin unlisted cameras, police, and just about anything else they come across while driving.
This app is a must have for anyone who spends a lot of time on the road.
Price: There are both free and premium options, the only real difference between the two is the ability for paying customers to record their trips via the camera on their phone, which brings us to...
Why it’s on this list: Recording your adventures not only ensures that you capture any possible hilarious moments on camera, but it can be incredibly useful in a sticky situation.
In an age where things like Go-Pro and high quality smart phone cameras are pretty common, recording your drive, whether it’s your daily commute, or a full-on road trip is becoming more and more popular. The footage can be used for insurance claims, to prove you were not at fault in an accident, or even just to prove that you were not going over the speed limit if your phone supports the features.
Why it’s on this list: Everyone needs directions once and a while.
No list on driving apps would be complete without mentioning Google Maps. This nifty app has without a doubt revolutionised the way people navigate and get from point A to point B. It doesn’t matter if you need directions to the next street, or another country, Google maps, and by extension Google Street View can get you wherever you need to be, no matter if you are walking, driving or using public transport.
Why it’s on this list: Because good help is hard to find.
Winner of multiple awards, RepairPal is the next best thing to having a mechanic you can trust right there in your pocket.
If you don’t know much about cars or you don’t know (trust) your mechanic, there is always a risk of being over charged, that was at least until RepairPal came along. It works by giving you average costs on a wide range of repairs and even shows you a list of highly rated nearby mechanics.
Why it’s on this list: Because it makes road trips even better
Roadtrippers is built with travellers in mind and allows its users to find places near to them that they might otherwise never have known existed, complete with reviews and a route planner. It sits somewhere in the scale between Google maps and Yelp: with literally millions of user added places, their maps are perfect for those who have been bitten by the travel bug.
Why it’s on this list: To avoid those, Dude, where’s my car moments.
This app is pretty straight forward; it uses your phones’ GPS and internet connection to help you find your car... and newest version is even compatible with augmented reality devices.
Why it’s on this list: To make sure you get the most out of each tank of fuel.
With GasHog, it’s easy to keep track of your car’s fuel economy and it even gives you tips on how to improve your mileage. It’s usable without internet access to boot.
Why it’s on this list: Nobody likes driving around slowly, looking for a park and annoying the other drivers behind them.
I personally love this app. It lists over 25 million parking spot in 30 different countries and it has probably saved me hours that I would have otherwise spent looking for a parking spot. Just turn on your GPS and run the app.
Why it’s on this list: Because, even with its problems, Waze can be pretty useful
Initially, we weren’t sure whether or not to include Waze on this list. It’s certainly popular, despite the fact it will drain your battery faster than pretty much anything else you can do with your phone, not to mention that it can lead you on some pretty crazy short cuts, but as we see it, that’s part of its charm.
Waze has millions or users who each upload their own shortcuts, allowing you to save time getting to pretty much anywhere. Google maps might be the king of mainstream directions, but Waze’s directions are anything but mainstream.
With these ten apps in your smartphones’ arsenal, you should be ready to go wherever the road can take you. We hope that you enjoy using these apps as much as we did and that they help make driving a more enjoyable and safer experience. If you liked this article, chances arer you might like this post on the new technologies bieng made available to Australian police.