Did you know that there are hundreds of automobile-related smartphone apps? Not many people do. In this article, we asked the folks at Hyundai of White Plains, NY, a full service Hyundai dealer, for some advice. With their help we have selected 8 mobile apps that will help you get the most out of traveling in your car. The good news is that most of them are free.
GasBuddy is a free app that allows you to find the cheapest gas in your local area. It shows you the closest gas stations to where you are (via GPS) and their gas prices. You’d be surprised at how different they can sometimes be. The prices are determined by special members that get “points” for entering the gas prices they see at the stations. The folks at GasBuddy say they will be adding other gas station conveniences, like carwashes and air pumps to its listings soon. GasBuddy monitors some 110,000 stations at the present time.
If you’d like to keep closer tabs on the kids, this app is for you. The way it works is that you install this free app on a phone that will be in the car (generally your child’s). By using the cell phone’s internal accelerometer and GPS, the MyMaxSpeed app logs the speed and location of the phone (car) every five minutes. You can program it to send you via a text message if the phone travels outside a perimeter that you define or exceeds a preset speed. Sorry kids.
OpenBay is a free app that allows you to get repair quotes from local garages. The most useful feature of the app is the ability to compare prices among the shops that you get quotes from. You will likely find a big difference between the quotes that you receive.
This free app reads your incoming text messages and speaks them out loud to you. This allows you to hear incoming Twitter updates, Facebook messages, emails and text messages. The obvious advantage here is that it leaves the driver’s hands and eyes completely free for driving.
Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. With over 50 million users, Waze is a free app that keeps you informed of current road conditions. This popular app offers voice-assisted navigation and road hazard announcements. Like GasBuddy, special members update the road conditions 24/7.
This $5.99 app is designed to analyze your driving efficiency. The app can display speed of your car, direction and distance, and determines your miles per gallon. TripAlyzer can also vocally announce various stats, such as your current fuel efficiency, as you drive.
This free app is basically a database on your car and helps you with repairs. It stores information regarding your car’s repair history, creates estimates for repair expenses, and gives suggestions on local repair shops. RepairPal also recommends places to buy your vehicle parts.
FindMyCar is a simple app that helps you locate your vehicle in large parking lots by using GPS. Just imagine failing to find your car late at night and you can see the obvious utility of this app.