Smartphones are an integral part of our lives for many people, but how can you make your smartphone assist you with stress free driving? There are many driving apps on the market which can help you to become a better driver, track your performance and save you money. Refused Car Finance explore the best apps on the market for both iOS and android devices that you should download straightway!
Waze is a free app which is a total all-rounder! Even if you are familiar with the route you’re taking, the Waze app can be really beneficial for traffic updates, accidents, roadworks, police and more. It can even switch your route to a faster on if the roads are busy. It gives you an accurate arrival time for your journey which is based on live traffic data, and you can even choose from a variety of different voices to guide you while you drive. Make your journey even more relaxing with your favourite music from popular apps through the Waze app.
2. Petrol Prices
Petrol prices does exactly what it says on the tin. Find the cheapest petrol and diesel prices across the UK. If you need petrol in a hurry, it also directs you to the nearest fuel station at 98% of UK forecourts. You can save time and money at some of the biggest fuel retailers across the UK. Petrol prices also allows you to leave reviews of fuel stations and see which services they have to offer, such as toilets and baby changing facilities. You can even add your vehicle and get MOT and tax reminders straight to your phone.
There are many apps on the market which help show speed cameras in your area, but we’ve chosen Radarbot as the best. Its available on both iOS and Android for free too. Radarbot combines real time alerts with the best offline radar detection alert system. Avoid traffic fines and penalties by getting alerts before reaching any traffic radar including fixed cameras, tunnels, average speed check and traffic light cameras.
Calling all electric car drivers, Plug Share is the one for you! The Plugshare app is free to download and shows you electric vehicle charging stations around you. Users can also contribute reviews and photos to help you make a more informed decision about the charging station of choice. You can connect it to your apple car play too so you can view nearby stations without picking up your phone.
5. Smart DashCam
Need a Dashcam but don’t want to fork out for one? Turn your phone into a dashcam with the Smart Dashcam app! Your phone can be used as a full featured car video recorder and can automatically capture every driving moment. Auto-loop technology and collision detection make it a handy driving companion. You can record to your preference of quality setting, with and without audio and with your favourite music too. You can then share the video via email if you need to make an insurance claim. Smart Dashcam is available on both iOS and Android devices.
At first, Fuelly was a simple fuel efficiency tracker but has since been developed into a multifunctional driving app. Fuelly was designed to track and monitor your fuel efficiency and also record your service history. You can also upload documents and set reminders to keep on top of maintenance such as oil changes and tyre checks. Fuelly can help you to save money with fuel mileage calculations and servicing reminders.
Spotify is most well known as a music streaming service, but Spotify’s car view makes it a great addition to your drive! Within the premium version for £9.99 a month, you can make your own playlists and download your songs to play offline whilst driving. Spotify’s Car View changes the look of the app when connected to Bluetooth. The interface is enlarged and easier to use on the go.
MileIQ was designed with the business driver in mind. If you regularly make trips for work purposes and want to claim expenses on your fuel consumption, MileIQ is perfect for you. The app automatically records every trip you make and provides you with a mileage report for your workplace or accountant. Its free to download and is available on iOS and Android devices.