If we had to list the best driving apps to have on your phone, we’d be here all day. Thankfully, we’ve narrowed down these apps and placed them into three categories based on their navigational tools, safety, and miscellaneous benefits.
All of the apps on this list are free to download and compatible with both Apple and Android phones. We urge you to refrain from distracted driving while using these apps, however. We recommend using them while the car is stationary or before you get behind the wheel.
The Best Navigational Apps
These apps are the best for navigating unfamiliar areas:
Google Maps is the most downloaded navigational app. Anytime you google a restaurant, store, or residence, you can access Google Maps to get there. It also:
- Allows you to save your most visited addresses
- Comes with voice-to-text features (so you don’t have to type anything)
- Suggests places you can explore near you
Google Maps also comes with real-time traffic updates, so you can avoid congested roadways or collisions.
Roadtrippers is an app designed to show you landmarks, lodging, rest stops, bathrooms, and more on your route. While Google Maps can get you to your destination, Roadtrippers helps you find interesting or necessary stops along the way without having to complete extra searches. This helps keep your attention on the road and not on searching for the closest bathroom along the interstate.
Waze does more than help you get from point A to point B. It also:
- Gives alerts about police presence, roadblocks, and traffic jams
- Lets you avoid congested traffic
- Allows you to map out a route that saves gas
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The Best Safety Apps
The following are some of the best driving apps that can keep you safe:
Driving around looking for a parking spot takes your mind off the road in front of you. Yet, SpotHero allows you to find a parking spot close to your destination and book it in advance. All you have to do is download the app, enable geolocation services, and choose the destination you want to park by.
You can even book monthly parking for destinations you frequently travel to. Georgia drivers can use SpotHero in both Atlanta and Savannah. Not only is parking scarce in these areas, but combined with heavy traffic, you want to limit distractions––and the likelihood of accidents.
When a light on the car’s dashboard comes on, you want to limit your stress when locating a repair service. Thankfully, there’s RepairPal. This should be your go-to app for checking average rates for vehicle repair services wherever you are.
If you have car troubles, you can boot this app up, put in the area’s zip code, and review pricing options. This limits how long you’re on the road with a possible dangerous vehicle. RepairPal lets you get the repairs your car needs without comprising your finances and safety.
The AAA App
If you belong to the American Automobile Association (AAA), you can get roadside service when you need it most. Instead of calling a tow truck service and being stranded on the roadside for hours on end, AAA will come out as soon as it can.
AAA uses your phone to find your location. A servicemember can also help you change a tire and tow your car to the nearest mechanic.
Keep in mind that while the AAA app is free, you must be a member of AAA to access all its benefits. However, if you break down, you can sign up for AAA on the spot and immediately get access to its services.
The Best Driving Apps for Saving Gas, Money, and More
These apps can help you save money on gas, be a better driver, and track your car’s mileage. They include:
If you want to track your gas consumption and mileage for tax purposes, you should get MileIQ. This app tracks your mileage, so you know how far you’ve traveled, how much gas you’ve used, and how much that mileage has contributed to your vehicle’s wear and tear.
The app runs silently in your phone’s background, limiting any potential distractions. You can categorize every drive it tracks for business or personal use, making it so much easier to calculate mileage and gas costs.
It seems like gas prices just keep getting higher, no matter where you go. But you can use GasBuddy to find the cheapest gas prices in your area. This app is one of the most robust in terms of how many gas stations are in its database and how frequently the prices are updated.
You can also use GasBuddy to pay for gas by linking your card to the app, and if you pay for a premium account, you can get a few cents off each gallon.
Aceable is a bit different from the other apps on this list. It’s actually a learning app that provides a fun, engaging, and accessible digital version of driver’s ed for future drivers. Teens and adults can take driving courses on the app, including a defensive driving course.
What’s more, your teen can complete a state-approved driver’s ed course and take their preliminary exams on the app. The lessons in the course go over the same topics, laws, and maneuvers they’d learn in a traditional driver’s ed course, including signage, traffic laws, and how to operate a vehicle.
In Georgia, you can take the state-approved Aceable driver’s ed for under $40. The app is free to download and use, as long as you’ve paid for your course.
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