Best smartphone apps for drivers

From finding the cheapest petrol to parking your car, there's an app for everything these days.

Smartphone apps have become an integral part of our everyday lives, making many activities and tasks easier, sometimes even heightening our enjoyment of them.

Driving is by no means any different and there are a whole host of apps available to make our experience behind wheel all the more pleasant.

TomTom

Finding your way around can be a tricky business, yet with the number of options available there is no excuse for getting lost ever again.

Many of us might decide to opt for a sat-nav, but there are also a number of apps that do the job just as well. Although the TomTom app may come at a steep price (£39), it is still a great option for those that want all of the power and capability of a sat-nav without actually buying one.

This app will update any changes to the maps quickly and easily, while there is also an option to purchase an expansion including European and worldwide maps. Users can also invest in a phone cradle and charger to truly recreate the fall sat-nav experience.

Petrol Prices Pro

As well as knowing your way around, another primary concern for many motorists is the price of filling up your tank, and luckily there's an app for that. At £2.99, Petrol Prices offers great value for money.

The app uses your phone to determine your current location and then seeks out the cheapest and most up-to-date fuel prices within your area.

Over 11,000 petrol stations are featured on this app, with almost constant updates every week, making it the perfect app for drivers looking to tighten their belts.

Vital Travel App Auto

If you happen to need you car for your job, claiming expenses on fuel can be a hassle. This free app is can offer a great solution, as it tracks fuel usage and even works out the cost per mile, meaning that the days of your glove box being filled with seemingly endless amounts of receipts could soon be over.

Maintenance, insurance and leasing costs are also considered by this great app, with its travel calculator and vehicle log adding everything up to make filling out those monthly expenses forms easier than ever.

Bosch parking app

Considering the level of innovation present in many of the apps currently available, it is easy to get excited about the possibilities of what the future may bring.

One app that could set the standard comes from Bosch, and was unveiled at CES earlier this year.

If you have ever had trouble parking into a tight space, then you may be comforted by the fact that it might soon become a thing of the past.

Much has been made of the desire for driverless cars, but until such an idea becomes a reality then this will surely still be the subject of excitement.

It operates by working with 12 installed sensors, which then scan the road, before calculating the best way in which to park the car, operating accordingly.

According to reports, the technology is so sophisticated that drivers can even run the parking process when situated on the other side of the road.

  • On: 23 March 2014
  • By: CarShop

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