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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 December 9, 2019

                      10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                      10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                      The success of our day is largely dependent on the quality of our planning. Not to miss out anything in their to-dos, some people prefer to make a list of upcoming tasks in a notebook, while others have long started using digital technology solutions.

                      Calendar applications are some of the main tools that are worth using to organize our life and plan your time carefully.

                      Many people have switched to specific tools; however, there are still some who do not use calendars on a daily basis. They may find some applications uncomfortable to use, non-functional, or expensive.

                      In this article, we are going to check out the best calendars apps to help you stay organized.

                      1. Cal Calendar

                        Cal Calendar has recently appeared on the market of mobile applications (Android, iOS). It is the brainchild of the development team of Any.do that features impressive functionality and well-thought-out design.

                        The application comes with many great features, including support for Exchange and Google Calendar, widgets, voice recording, and many more.

                        Cal Calendar has direct integration with Any.Do To-Do List, which gives you a unique tandem of two applications.

                        Apart from its extended functionality, Cal Calendar is easy to use. The creation of events is very simple and fast.

                        What is more, depending on the name of the event, the application automatically adds contacts and geolocation data to the entry description. You can even import your lists and entries from Any.do.

                        Cal Calendar is a great option for any type of user. It is very convenient and doesn’t overcomplicate the mode of display.

                        Another good thing is that this tool is available for free, so you can use it without spending a dime for the software.

                        Available for iOS and Android

                        2. Google Calendar

                          Google Calendar is the official calendar for Android devices that has been tested out by many users around the globe. If you are right now trying to get away from it, consider changing your mind.

                          Since this application is installed on most Android devices by default, many users think that there is nothing special in this program. They are wrong.

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                          Google has been updating its calendar for quite a few years, and now it comes in Material Design with advanced event features, direct integration into other Google services (for example, supports reminders and Google Now), and comes with Exchange support.

                          The program is super easy and will not cost a dime for you. It is a good thing, right?

                          Available for iOS and Android

                          3. Jorte Calendar

                            Jorte Calendar is one of the most popular calendar applications in the Google Play store.

                            The program features a wide range of configuration options, with many design alternatives. You can adjust display mode to your needs and view calendar entries sorted by month, week, or day (by hours). It is convenient for quickly picking the desired date, using task bars, and setting reminders.

                            Apart from its ordinary information storing function, this application can be a special cloud service, Jorte Cloud, allowing you to synchronize calendars, schedules, and task lists on multiple devices. The application also supports data importing from Google Calendar.

                            For those paying attention to the program design, there is also Jorte Store, where you can buy styles and icons to personalize the calendar. This feature makes Jorte is one of the brightest calendar applications.

                            A basic version of the app is free of charge, so if you do not want to spend money on a calendar application, it is a good option.

                            Available for iOS and Android

                            4. Business Calendar

                              Business Calendar is geared towards people who use their calendar for work purposes and business task planning. It offers different modes with wide configuration capabilities.

                              The application gives a default view mode by months, and events can be marked in different colors. Display modes/ sorting can be adjusted to your needs (by month, day, year, or events).

                              You can also set a multi-day viewing mode to see how things look for the next few days. Scrolling up and down moves you by month, and if you check a few days, they will be shown in a more detailed form.

                              The day display mode offers hourly scheduling, and the schedule mode provides a detailed schedule for a single event.

                              Business Calendar is a great tool for planning/ scheduling cases, tasks, and events. There is a support for recurring events, which can be set up in just a few clicks.

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                              Having purchased software, you can use it to import and export other calendars, delete, copy, or move several events at the same time.

                              Android Business Calendar application may seem somewhat chaotic, but it works fine and is easy to work with if you play with it for a while.

                              A full version of the application is available for $4.99, but you can also find a free version for the app test drive.

                              Available for Android

                              5. Calendar

                                Calendar is a relatively new app. It works as a web app and for both iOS and Android devices. It is an intelligent app that learns your contacts, schedule and tasks. It also helps you schedule and arrange meetings according to your available time slots.

                                A good thing about Calendar is that it allows you to sync up with other calendars you use such as Apple Calendar and Google Calendar. And so you can manage all the calendars you have in one place.

                                Calendar also gives you analytics of your meetings, giving you a clear picture on how you can improve your time management.

                                Available for Desktop, and iOS

                                6. aCalendar

                                  aCalendar opens our collection of top 10 calendar applications available on the market today. With its appealing design, easy navigation, and great functionality, it is one of the most popular calendar apps in our list.

                                  Some of extra functions include color schemes for each case type (48 colors to choose from), different types of demonstrations, different widgets, moon phases, and much more.

                                  Taking into account it functionality, aCalendar is a reliable calendar application that has an easy-to-navigate interface with three display options. Scrolling from side to side allows you to switch between the display modes of the month, week and day.

                                  When scrolling down and up, you are moving through the calendar at intervals in accordance with the selected display mode.

                                  Apart from its time planning feature, aCalendar synchronizes photos from contact lists or social networks to remind you about birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special dates.

                                  The program also supports data transfer through NFC and full-screen widgets, which eases your work with any data.

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                                  The program is available for free, but you can also get even more features if you buy the extended version of software for $4.99.

                                  Available for Android

                                  7. DigiCal Calendar

                                    DigiCal Calendar is very similar to Cal Calendar in the fact that the application focuses on design more than on its functionality. However, this doesn’t mean that the application doesn’t serve the purpose.

                                    With this calendar application, you can synchronize all your calendars and view them in different ways.

                                    Along with the basic functions, this program comes with support for Google Calendar, Outlook, and includes some unique and interesting features. You can match keywords to the image or set up a dark theme.

                                    The app can even show you the weather forecast for three days. There are many other features that deserve the attention of people who really like to use calendar applications.

                                    Available for Android

                                    8. SolCalendar

                                      SolCalendar can be called a universal application. It claims to be an all-in-one digital solution having a basic calendar functionality combined with some other advanced features, such as weather forecast for a specific day.

                                      The application supports Google Calendar, as well as tasks, widgets, lunar calendar and even Foursquare.

                                      Those searching for a calendar application to cover just everything in its functionality, SolCalendar is a program to consider. There are a lot of interesting things in this application; the program does an excellent job working in “all-in-one” mode.

                                      Test SolCalendar – the application is available for free. You can test it out without purchasing the service.

                                      Available for Android

                                      9. Today Calendar

                                        Today Calendar is one of the most hip and edgy calendars in our list. The solution was one of the first ones that really embraced Material Design and remains one of the few that adhere to the neat style.

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                                        The calendar application offers bold colors, simple controls, and great functionality. This is not as heavy an application as many others; it will not eat all the memory of your device.

                                        If you are not searching for something complicated and over-functional, Today Calendar is what you need. You can always test the application before paying for it – the program is available for free.

                                        Available for Android

                                        10. Calendar Widget: Month

                                          Sometimes people do not need a heap of calendar applications. They would prefer to have one efficient calendar widget.

                                          Calendar Widget: Month perfectly fills this niche and meets all the needs of a modern user. It has some features of an ordinary calendar, but the real great thing about this software is that it has 80 or more themes in its library.

                                          The design of the application is great; the themes are perfectly tuned. There are options for almost any theme of your smartphone. The only drawback is the fact that the widget memory is not too large, and you should be ready for it.

                                          This simple calendar widget was created in the image and semblance of widgets from Yahoo. The widget window displays one calendar month with the ability to go to the previous and move to the next one.

                                          If you need a simple and affordable calendar to plan your tasks and affairs for one month, this widget is ideal for you. Calendar Widget: Month is so simple that it does not even have Google Calendar support.

                                          At the moment, it does not have the function of connecting any third-party calendars and services. Developers allow the possibility of introducing support for Google service as an addition to the widget, if users request to have this opportunity.

                                          Available for Android

                                          Our Verdict

                                          Searching for the right application to manage your various calendars and plan your busy day can sometimes turn into a streak of obstacles.

                                          Most of us need flexible applications that can be easily used to manage our tough schedule. The application should have all necessary time planning functions and be intuitive.

                                          Stylish design and limitless compatibility also matter. It is not always easy to find such a program.

                                          The above digital calendar solutions fall under the category “worth” of being used. They are modern, multifunctional, easy, and easy. Pick the one you like!

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