With over 1,600,000 apps in the iTunes App Store, it’s no wonder that the average person spends two hours every day looking at a smartphone. For vehicle owners, drivers and car enthusiasts, that number is about to kick up a notch. We’ve collected the top automotive apps that every driver ought to have.
Must-Have Automotive Apps for Drivers
From making your life easier to loading your mind with interesting information, these automotive apps have been hand chosen from those of us at New Look Collision to make your life a little more enjoyable.
1. Gas Buddy
Unless your mode of transportation involves two wheels or is a Nissan Leaf, chances are pretty good that you use gasoline. And in order to do so, you’re stuck paying some hefty prices to motor around. Gas Buddy is there to help. It shows you the prices of nearby gas stations and offers a comparison so that you’re able to fill up the tank for the best price in the area.
- Cost: Free
- Platform: iPhone, iPad
2. Repair Pal Automotive Apps
Voted as the “App of the Week” by the New York Times and Edmunds.com, this handy app gives you an estimate for all of your parts and labor for any car repairs. The Repair Pal community problem solves to help diagnose your vehicle’s problem if you’re unsure what ails your transport. The app utilizes GPS to find and recommend repair and maintenance shops in your area. It also provides you with one-click roadside assistance that you pay for only when you need it rather than facing a mandatory monthly or annual fee.
- Cost: Free
- Platform: Android 2.2 and up
Relying on community-driven features, Waze offers step-by-step voice navigation to help you get where you want to be. More than that, though, it provides alerts you when accidents, police, traffic jams and road hazards are along your route. Based on user input, you’re able to avoid real-time obstacles, saving you time and money. You can also see where your contacts are so that an unplanned rendezvous is possible.
- Cost: Free
- Platform: iOS, Android
Like a dashcam, this recent addition to the world of automotive apps offers something practical and something recreational. On the practical side, it provides concrete evidence in the case of an accident, yet its ability to record some pretty spectacular footage is an impressive recreational feature. The app turns your iPhone into a dashcam, providing the opportunity to track your location, switch between resolutions, and alert you when you’re driving over the speed limit.
- Cost: $1.99
- Platform: iOS 6.0 or later, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
Admittedly, using this app is a bit more pricey than most automotive apps. The money shelled out is worth it in the end, though, especially for new drivers. It offers fuel-tracking, parking reminders and suggestions on how you can save money. It assesses your driving habits, such as the way you brake and turn corners, and provides tips on how to adjust your movements to avoid costly repairs and gasoline. It alerts emergency services when your vehicle is in an accident. It also grants awards and rewards to drivers, with badges and increased program options the more hours logged.
- Cost: The app is free, but a one-time charge for the car adapter is $99
- Platform: iOS 8.0 or later, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Unfortunately, automotive apps can’t repair a car or provide a personal interaction. That’s why we recommend that you visit New Look in Las Vegas or Henderson, Nevada next time you want a vehicle back in factory condition.