Mobile apps for smartphones and tablets have got more and more useful — helping us order food, read the news and better organise our everyday lives. Visit the app store on your iOS or Android device, and you’ll find millions of useful apps you can download on to your device, some of which are tailor-made for drivers.
To prove just how useful mobile apps can be for motorists, here’s a list of apps that all car owners need in their life.
- My Max Speed 2.0
- Haynes Manuals
- Eco Drive Speedometer
- CoPilot Premium Europe HD
Whether you want to monitor your own average speed or check-up on how fast your kids are really driving the family car; My Max Speed 2.0 accurately records your top and average speed during journeys, helping you to keep tabs on your car’s performance and calculate your fuel economy.
If you’re looking for a navigation app that lets you outsmart traffic jams, download Waze — an intuitive iOS and Android app that lets users share real-time traffic info on the move. With thousands of Waze users across the UK, it’s easy to avoid congestion no matter where you’re travelling. Plus, other drivers regularly share local petrol prices, helping you find the cheapest fuel in your area.
If you’re driving somewhere unfamiliar, AroundMe can help you find essential services like petrol stations, hospitals and public toilets quickly and easily. The app also has a growing database of bars, hotels, restaurants and cafes, so you rely on it to help you find refreshments even if you’re completely lost.
Powered by the PocketGPSWorld.com Speed Camera Database, CamerAlert will alert you of any nearby speed and red light cameras, helping you to avoid unexpected motoring fines. The app is updated weekly and will run in the back of your normal navigation app, so you can receive up-to-the-minute warning of approaching traffic cameras.
Haynes’ famous Owners Workshop Manuals are now available to download for iPhones and iPads, giving enthusiastic car owners a step-by-step guide to solving common problems under the bonnet. As well as these handy walkthroughs, the app also features a ‘My Garage’ section, which allows you to schedule service reminders, as well as MOT, insurance and tax renewal dates.
If you’re looking to drive economically each time you get behind the wheel, the Eco Drive Speedometer can help. With its real-time economy indicator and inbuilt green-driving graphs, this handy GPS app will monitor how efficiently you drive using motion sensor technology — which accurately records speed and how aggressively you accelerate.
Keep tabs on your fuel usage with FuelLog, a handy Android app that tracks your mileage and fuel consumption, as well as your maintenance and service costs. Through the use of high-tech gadgetry we don’t quite understand, FuelLog provides real-time information on your MPG and fuel economy, so you can make adjustments and drive a little greener.
Planning a long car journey? Forget Google Maps and invest in CoPilot Premium Europe HD. Although it’s quite pricey, this fantastic navigation app will get you from A to B quickly anywhere in Europe, making it great for road trips. One of the best features of the app is that you can download maps and routes on to your device and access them offline — meaning you don’t have to drain your data allowance.
They may be clever, but these apps can’t solve all your car problems. For that, you can rely on Holts; our DIY car care products are designed to get you back on the road quickly and easily. To find out more, click here to visit the Holts website.
Images sourced via Waze Press Kit and Flickr Creative Commons. Credits: Waze, David Martyn Hunt, Eli Duke.