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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 March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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