Make Your Drive That Much Better
In a world that depends more and more on technology, older gadgets are being phased out. While you can still purchase a portable GPS system, mobile phones have taken over that function. Also, with the advancement of the 'connected car,' newer vehicles are coming equip with built in GPS systems, Bluetooth and Wifi.
The mobile phone industry is being brought to new heights with dashboard displays that allow drivers to run third-party music applications, as well as, read notifications such as messages and emails. My top 5 must-have apps allow you to stay connected with your surroundings and save money at the same time; All in all, make for a better drive.
- GasBuddy - Find Cheap Gas Prices. The goal is to save money every time you fill up at the cheapest stations. GasBuddy allows you to find the cheapest gas near you while searching the city/zip/postal code. Users can report gas prices to help other people find cheap gas. In doing so, users have the chance of winning $100 of gas every day and earn points for reporting gas prices, as well as earn awards in the process. Source:gasbuddy.com
Platforms: App Store (iOS), Google Play, Windows Phone Store and Blackberry
- Openbay: Book car repair with Confidence. Openly empowers its members by delivering repair quotes from shops nearby, combined with an easy-to-use platform to schedule and pay for services (works with Apple Pay). Users have the ability to exchange photos and videos with mechanics at auto repair shops. Source:openbay.com
Platform: App Store (iOS)
- Spotify Music - Spotify allows you to listen to millions of songs, while playing your favorites and discovering new tracks. You are able to listen to readymade playlists or create your own. Source:spotify.com
Free ($0/month) - Enjoy your favorite albums and artists, with occasional ads.
Premium ($9.99/month) - Play on-demand, Listen offline, No ads and High quality audio.
Platforms: App Store (iOS), Google Play, Windows Phone Store, Tablet and Computer
- AroundMe - Allows you to quickly find out information about your surroundings. It identifies your position and allows you to choose the nearest Bank/ATM, Bar, Gas Station, Hospital, Hotel, Movie Theater, Restaurant, Supermarket, Theater and Taxi. It shows you a complete list of all the businesses in the category you have tapped on along with the distance from where you are. Source:aroundmeapp.com
Platforms: App Store (iOS), Android and Windows Phone Store
- PlugShare - Allows users to find and review charging stations, and to connect with other plug-in vehicle owners. PlugShare provides the most accurate and complete public charging map worldwide, with stations from every major network in North America (Tesla Supercharger, Blink, EVgo, ChargePoint, SemaCharge, GE WattStation, AeroVironment) and Europe (RWE, Clever, Endesa, Enel). Source:plugshare.com
Platforms: App Store (iOS), Android and Web