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Top 10 Must Have Mobile Apps for Drivers & Car Lovers

Top 10 Must Have Mobile Apps for Drivers & Car Lovers

Whether you’re fond of travelling and seek the opportunity to utilize your smartphone or have a new driving license or you want to resist the urge to use your phone while driving, there are many ways you can help keep everyone safe and exploit your smartphone.

In this article, I’ve selected a collection of 10 top mobile apps to help you get the most out of traveling with your vehicle. From avoiding text messages, phone calls, Skype calls to finding parking spots, finding the nearest cheapest gas stations to locating your car or buying car parts online, there is certain to be a mobile application on this rundown that will meet your driving or traveling needs.

1. GasBuddy (Free)

Gas buddy

    Reason to have it: To Find Cheap Gas

    Most gas stations have applications that spot their marked stores, which are helpful in the event that you utilize their credit cards. At the same time for drivers who essentially need the least expensive gas there’s the iPhone application GasBuddy. It shows you the 10 closest fuel stations and their prices. Gasbuddy application plans to include fuel-station conveniences, for example, carwashes to its listing. The GasBuddy assert that 110,000 fuel stations are incorporated in its database, which is almost every station in operation in the U.S.

    2. My Max Speed 2.0 (Free)

    Max Speed

      Reason to have it: To Track Your Kid’s Driving & Location

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      Do you want to know how fast your kid is driving the car? My Max Speed 2.0 application would be the best option for you that uses the internal accelerometer to log speed and location every five minutes, to monitor a teen’s driving habits. It can also provide a location history or notify you via a message if the phone travels outside a preset location perimeter.

      3. DriveSafe.ly (Free)

      DriveSafe.ly

        Reason to have it: Reads your text messages

        By using this innovative app you can actually hear incoming text messages, Twitter updates, Facebook messages, emails and Google text messages. The most promising feature of DriveSafe.ly app is that the app eliminates that urge to grab your phone, or need to press any button, in order to listen to stuff. The app does everything itself and leaves the user’s hands and eyes completely free for driving.

        4. MMGuardian (Free)

        MMGuardian

          Reason to have it: Help your kids drive safely

          This app is very useful and ideal for the parents with driving teens whose smartphones can be controlled from the parents’ phones without needing to install the app. A number of features can block out phone calls, text messages, and even lock the phone during a set schedule.

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          5. Openbay (Free)

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            Why You Need It:  Car Repair & Maintenance Services From Local Automotive Pros

            In an event you didn’t like the last mechanic who fixed your car, or need to find the correct garage with the appropriate charges, the Openbay app enables you to get quotes from garages in the nearby area. The most useful feature of the app is the ability to compare prices, telling you the repair cost and time frame. The app also allows you to authorize only a certain amount on your card so that a garage cannot lift up the price unexpectedly. Android devices users can also utilize this service through the mobile site.

            6. TripAlyzer ($5.99)

            TripAlyzer

              Reason to have it: A Fuel-Economy Coach

              This is a cool app that works though a cell tower or Wi-Fi, is designed to analyze your driving efficiency, and records your fuel usage habits and how much you’ve spent on the trip. The TripAlyzer application can display speed of the car, route direction, and distance, determines your miles per gallon (MPG), notes your carbon dioxide emissions, and records how much gas you refill. TripAlyzer also pronounces vocally the current fuel efficiency.

              7. RepairPal (Free)

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              RepairPal

                Reason to have it: Keeps informed about car repair history

                It is an award winning app that will keeps you posted with information regarding your car repair history, creates estimates for repair expenses, and gives suggestions on the best repair shops in your general vicinity. This app also recommends places and online stores to buy your vehicle parts, as well as synchronizes all your repair-related data by means of an online record. This application just works in the US however.

                8. Find My Car (Free)

                Find My Car

                  Reason to have it: Find your parked car

                  You might have experienced the frustration of forgetting your car location in parking lots or on unfamiliar streets. This simple app can help you find your car by using GPS location services and Internet connectivity. The Find My Car Smarter system automatically saves your parking location. The latest version of the application features augmented reality technology.

                  9. IOnRoad (4.99)

                  iOnRoad

                    Reason to have it: To monitor vehicle’s position on the road

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                    Another award-winning augmented reality driving safety application that utilizes your phone’s camera to constantly monitor vehicle’s position on the road. The app keeps track of surrounding vehicles and alerts driver of lane departures and possible hazards. The app features some useful options such as collision warning, speed limit and driving analytics with audio and visual cues.

                    10. Waze (Free)

                    waze

                      Reason to have it: A smart tripadvisor

                      With over 50 million users, Waze is another must-have application to keep you informed with the road condition. This app keeps you updated with traffic conditions, maps, live-routing smart voice-assisted navigation, road hazards, and even notifies when a Facebook friend is heading towards the same destination.

                      Featured photo credit: OnStar Connections via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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