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5 Car Apps That Make Your Life So Much Easier

5 Car Apps That Make Your Life So Much Easier

With all the technology in vehicles today, it’s time to use helpful car apps that work with that technology while you’re driving. Here are five car apps that will make your life easier. Remember, you should only use these apps when you are at a stop to avoid becoming distracted from the road.

IOnRoad

IOnRoad
    IOnRoad

      Forget the annoying “backseat driver,” and instead, download the IOnRoad app from the iTunes store. This amazing app helps you be a better driver with features like collision warnings, tailgating alerts, parking lot car locator, and even the ability to take snapshots of bad drivers in front of you.

      Using the camera on your iPhone, this driving analytics app keeps track of your route, how much gas the vehicle has consumed, and it even gives you a safety and green-driving score. It also records your speed and acceleration. This is a fun app that actually helps you become a safer driver. With all of the distracted, busy, or teen drivers on the road, becoming a safer driver has become more important than ever before.

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      RepairPal

      RepairPal

         

        RepairPal

          Available for both iOS and Android phones, RepairPal makes unexpected repairs much easier. Never worry about where to find an auto repair facility again, because this app will find the one nearest to your location based on your mobile’s GPS. This is important when traveling because one never knows when they are going to break down.

          The app also offers typical prices on parts and labor for common repairs so you can make sure you’re not overpaying. You can also call for immediate roadside assistance and track all repairs made to your vehicle. With RepairPal, you’ll gain an app that is there to help you 24/7.

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          Cars.com

          Cars.com

             

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              Now you don’t need a PC or laptop to help you browse and research vehicle features — simply download the Cars.com app instead.

              Today’s car shoppers are smarter, especially with so many websites dedicated to educating the public on new cars, their features, and pricing. That’s exactly what the Cars.com app does. The app allows you to compare different makes and models side-by-side and filter search results based on preferences you set.

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              The app comes with thousands of vehicle photos, both interior and exterior, and allows you to see the latest manufacturer incentives and rebates. Share your favorite vehicle picks with friends and calculate what your monthly car payment might be before you head to the dealership. This can also help you figure out insurance rates by make and model of each car. For example, you could compare Safeco car insurance to their competitors to see which would be cheaper.

              Gas Buddy

              Gas Buddy
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                  Stop wondering if the price you’re paying at the pump is too much. With the Gas Buddy app, you can find the cheapest gas station nearest to your location based on your smartphone’s GPS.

                  Or, if you’re traveling, take advantage of the app’s search feature which allows you to search by city or zip code. The app allows you to send low-priced fuel locations to friends and to report gas prices for a chance to win $250 worth of gas. This is a must-have fuel app, especially for those who travel a lot. Even if you do not win the prize, you still get to save money on your ever-rising gas bill.

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                  MapQuest

                  MapQuest
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                      Many auto manufacturers offer GPS systems as an added-price option. With MapQuest, skip the paid add-on and get driving directions when you need them.

                      The app features voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation and reroutes you if construction zones are ahead. MapQuest is also hands-free and comes with voice recognition, allowing you to speak your destination. It will also auto-reroute if you miss a turn, and it can report live traffic and accident updates. It also saves favorite destinations and recommends the best gas prices.

                      Even with all the technology inside vehicle’s today, these five car apps will make driving much easier. Make sure you are driving safely for you and those around you.

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                      Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                      There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                      One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                      In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                      Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                      1. Cat Camel Stretch

                      Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                      Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                      Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                      Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                      2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                      This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                      Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                      The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                      Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                      Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                      3. Jumping Jacks

                      Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                      Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                      4. Abductor Side Lifts

                      Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                      Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                      5. Balancing Table Pose

                      This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                      Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                        6. Leg Squats

                        Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                        Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                        The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                        7. Push Ups

                        You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                        An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                        Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                        This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                        8. Bicycle Crunches

                        There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                        Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                        9. Lunges

                        Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                        Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                        This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                        10. Bicep Curls

                        You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                        Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                        Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                        Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                        Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                        These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                        You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                        Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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