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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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                      Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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                      Last Updated on May 14, 2019

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                      Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

                      1. Zoho Notebook
                        If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
                      2. Evernote
                        The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
                      3. Net Notes
                        If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
                      4. i-Lighter
                        You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
                      5. Clipmarks
                        For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
                      6. UberNote
                        If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
                      7. iLeonardo
                        iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
                      8. Zotero
                        Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

                      I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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                      In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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