What’s worse than your car breaking down on the road? Try breaking down at night, during a snowstorm, without cellphone reception. Fortunately, whatever your scenario, both the iPhone and Android markets now offer a host of apps that can get you through any behind-the-wheel emergency. Many apps contain useful information that can save you in a pinch, even without access to your data network.
Whether you’re heading out on the highway for road trip vacation or staying close to home, you never know when that extra bit of insight or a useful tool will come in handy. These driving apps are among the best for handling a broad range of driving maladies.
Even if you’re a member of a roadside assistance program, there may be times where you need to fix a problem yourself. The RepairPal app is designed for the complete repair rookie, guiding you through simple tasks like changing a flat tire, jump-starting a battery or diagnosing a problem. It also offers estimates for repair jobs for any vehicle by make and model, giving you the power to negotiate with a mechanic.
Your Insurance Company’s App
Most major insurance companies offer apps, including State Farm, GEICO, Progressive, Nationwide and The Hartford. In some states, data stored within the app may be all you need to show to a police officer during a traffic stop. Most of the apps also include perks, such as estimations of your vehicle’s trade-in and resale value and one-button access to roadside assistance.
All kinds of factors can affect your gas mileage; being aware of how much gas you’re burning can save you loads of money. The GasCubby app keeps track of your mileage between fill-ups, charting gas cost and miles per gallon. It’s better to know that your vehicle isn’t performing up to snuff, allowing you to remedy the problem and save money.
Getting behind the wheel after a few drinks is always a bad idea. If you’ve been imbibing at an office party, the R U Buzzed app will help you determine how well you’ve paced yourself. By factoring in gender, weight, number of drinks and amount of time spent drinking, the app gives a rough estimate of your blood alcohol content – helping drivers decide whether it’s time to call a cab.
Nobody likes to overpay for gas when a cheaper fill-up might be an exit away. The Gas Buddy app levels the competition, charting gas prices near you and showing when it’s better to wait a few more miles to pull over. Users also earn reward-earning points by reporting gas prices.