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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 October 16, 2019

                      11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                      11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                      Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                      Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                      Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                      In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                      1. ScheduleOnce

                        ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                        ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                        ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                        Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                        Available on Web

                        2. Calendly

                          Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                          You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                          Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                          3. Assistant.to

                            For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                            From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                            While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                            Available on Web

                            4. Acuityscheduling

                              Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                              It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                              Available on Web | iOS | Android

                              5. Pick

                                Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                                At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                                Available on Web

                                6. X.ai

                                  For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                                  This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                                  Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                                  Available on Web

                                  7. YouCanBook.me

                                    is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                    They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                    Available on Web

                                    8. Doodle

                                      Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                      It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                      You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                      While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                      Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                      9. WhenAvailable

                                        WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                        Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                        Available on Web

                                        10. Rally

                                          Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                          Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                          Available on Web

                                          11. NeedtoMeet

                                            Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                            NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                            While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                            Available on Web

                                            Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                            In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                            To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                            Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                            A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                            Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                            If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                            Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                            With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                            The Bottom Line

                                            Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                            Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                            Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

                                            Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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