We all love our cars and there's no doubt we all love our phones! So it's no wonder there are literally thousands of apps for car owners out there. We've decided to put together our "22 Awesome Apps Every Car Owner Should Install" to help you get the nost out of travelling with your vehicle. From the best music apps to finding you a parking space, there's an app for everything.
Scout is a GPS app that can give you real time traffic updates while showing you the quickets and most effective route to your destination! It also informs you of the best time to leave depending on traffic and estimated drive time, a must have to find your way!
Google Maps (Free)
Going somewhere? Go with Google Maps, the official app you can rely on for real-time GPS navigation, traffic, transit, and details about millions of places, such as reviews and popular times. Using real-time updates to get you there faster. Beat traffic with real-time navigation, ETAs and traffic conditions and even catch your bus, train, or ride-share with real-time transit info.
The name Parkopedia is a combination of the words parking and encyclopedia (think Wikipedia... but for parking!). Born out of a frustration of looking for parking, we have set out to map and list every parking space in the world. To date, Parkopedia has grown to cover over 38 million parking spaces in 75 countries around the world thanks to contributions from drivers like you.
INRIX Traffic (Free)
Bringing you all the latest traffic information, you'll get detailed and accurate notes to plan your route. Also offering road alerts to ensure you can get to your destination safely, without delay. The app is so reliable that some car manufacturers use it as their on board navigation system!
Waze is a free satnav app, it uses crowd-sourcing to keep you updated on everything from accidents, to traffic jams. It also offers a turn-by-turn voice navigation so you don't have to take your eyes of the road ahead, automatically re-routing you if any problems arise on the route.
With traffic accidents becoming increasingly more common, most cars offer forward collision wanring systems, detecting when a car in fron has slammed on it's brakes, before you've even had achnace to notice. iOnRoad detects and tells you how long it would take for you to collide with the vehicle in front if a sudden brake were to happen, a great safety app!
Sometimes, accidents happen, you might have a small bump on the way home and have to take down some details from the other person. This is where I Wrecked comes in, noting down all information needed and the baility to call your insurnace provider from within the app!
Navmii (formerly Navfree) is a free community-based navigation and traffic app for drivers. Navmii combines voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, local search, points of interest and driver scores. Enjoy offline maps stored locally that you can use at home or abroad without an internet connection.
Who says you have to stick with the traditional radio to listen to your tunes! You can create the perfect driving playlist on Spotify before you leave and have endless classics until you arrive at your destination.
Vlingo is the easy way to make a call, answer a text or even search the web while driving, it's like a bluetooth device, you speak and it will type! It even has a profanity filter to filter out any sudden road rage!
Find My Car (Free)
We've all parked in a hectic, full car park and when it comes to leaving time, you totally forgot where you parked! Well with this simple, yet affective app, you'll find your car easily, using GPS to help you find your way back to the car without all the un needed walking around searching.
If you're driving somewhere and end up having a few drinks, it's always great to have a way home again! Have a friendly neighbourhood uber take you home.
Manage the cost of fuel consumption and economy, car maintenance expenses and service costs for all your vehicles, track everything simply from one app, and keep an eye on your expenses.
Petrol Prices Pro (Free)
Petrol prices are forever changing, so it's best to keep up to date and on top of them! With this simple app, you can compare Uk petrol and diesel prices in over 8,000 stations updated daily. You can even use the route planner to plan your journey to find the cheapest fuel along your route.
Auto Trader (Free)
The only app from Auto Trader – the UK’s #1 motoring digital marketplace connecting buyers and sellers since 1977. With the Auto Trader Android app you can: Sell, Buy and Trade your car for cash, contact sellers and more!
Dash Cam (Free)
You've probably seen these before, those accidents that get caught on film are recorded by these apps! Record your journey, just in case something interesting happens! Making sure you have any and all evidence for an insurance claim, should anything happen.
ReadItToMe reads out your incoming callers, sms messages and other app notifications, translating txt speak into normal language. In ANY language. It's great for use whilst driving, cycling, running, walking, in the gym or any other time you need to be handsfree.
Car Manager (Free)
Car Manager is a great app fot people who want to track the specifics of their car expenses, the app (like most) offers the ability to track, moniotr maintenance, repairsand will remind you when due anything like an oil change or new tires. It's one of the most detailed tracking apps.
Earn points when you drive. Use the points to get coupons and special offers from Uber, MOL or Foodpanda. More than 35,000 drivers from 140 countries have downloaded SafeDrive. You can even earn points when you navigate with Waze.
Looking for an Irish pub nearby? A gas station you can drive to before your tank hits empty? Yelp is a cool app to help. You can use it to search for places to eat, shop, drink, relax and play then read reviews from an active community of locals in the know.
grdian is your automatic and direct link to a dedicated 24/7 emergency call centre. Purpose built accident detection software has been developed in partnership with Formula 1 crash test facilities to monitor pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and car drivers. Once an incident has been detected grdian connects you to our emergency call centre who will have the emergency services on their way in seconds!
The only map built for travelers. Plan your summer road trip with friends or find an amazing place nearby you never knew existed. You're always 5 minutes away from something awesome! Discover millions of places, like local diners and quirky roadside attractions, or scenic points, national parks, and hotels.
Now you know what apps to install, from saving money on fuel, to getting the quickest route to your destination! We gave you everything, now be safe on the road!
REMEMBER: NEVER USE YOUR PHONE WHILE DRIVING.
Pull over if you need to use your phone. Also, check out our Distarcted Driving Infographic for some of the stats surrounding distracted driving.