Do You Have a Car? Well, There’s an App for That

With millions of mobile applications available, the automotive industry refuses to take a backseat to this technology boom. Unfortunately, scrolling through available apps can be time consuming, but don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Here, we break down a few apps we think are worthy of your download.

Waze: Widely regarded as the “go-to app for cars on the road,” Waze features one of the biggest communities that reports real-time traffic conditions and gas prices. Many say the beauty of Waze is how simple it is—users just need to have the app open on their phone while they commute. From there, the app determines where there’s a lot of traffic and whether drivers should reroute to avoid it. Waze can also provide alternate routes in case the commonly used roads are littered with slow-downs and problems.

AAA: A must-have for AAA members, this app provides easy access to all of the automobile club’s services in one easy-to-use interface. It points out nearby gas stations with up-to-date fuel prices and public charging stations for electric car owners. This app also makes it easier to call for roadside assistance by using your phones GPS coordinates. You can even specify if you need a tow, or just a battery replacement.

SeeClickFix: Anyone who has driven through Pittsburgh in March knows the streets are riddled with potholes. With SeeClickFix, users can report these issues, as well as damaged or vandalized street signs and malfunctioning traffic lights, to the local government.

GasBuddy: When it comes to buying something at the best possible price, gas shouldn’t be an exception. With GasBuddy, users can find the cheapest fuel around, saving a few bucks per tank without the headache of driving from station to station. It may not sound like a lot, but over the course of a year, you would be surprised at how much you could save.

Beat the Traffic: This app acts as a travel-time concierge, notifying drivers of any issues on their normal traffic route before heading out. Motorists can provide updated information, thanks to an easy “shake-to-report” function. With clean graphics and an easy to use interface, it’s a great way to beat the blues of a busy morning commute.

AroundMe: Looking for the closest ATM, hospital, convenience store, or movie theater? Just give the AroundMe app a quick tap. Using your phone’s GPS sensor, AroundMe will locate the nearest point of interest—perfect for drivers who often find themselves in unfamiliar territory or those enjoy road trips with no predefined destination in mind.

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