The holiday season is a busy time for travel and if you’re planning on hitting the road to visit relatives or friends, there are some apps that may be beneficial to keeping your travel plans smoother and safer.
While mobile apps are a “must have,” and can take the hassle out of holiday travel, don’t forget to only use your apps when you’re not driving. Remember, distracted driving is one of the top contributing factors in car accidents; the winter weather may make driving challenging enough, so keep your phone out of sight and mind to ensure that you stay focused on the road.
Even if you know the directions to your holiday destination by heart, there may be traffic congestion or road construction that interferes with your usual route. While many drivers rely on Google Maps and other map apps, they may not be up-to-date.
If you’ve never used Waze, it may be the most important app you upload this holiday season while traveling. Waze stays up-to-date thanks to other motorists on the road. See an accident or other obstructions which might slow down the commute? You can submit an issue and the app updates traffic in real time.
Filling up on gas during holiday travel can be expensive. Whether you’re driving to another state or just a few hours away, the GasBuddy app can help you get the best price on gas. An added bonus is that you can save 15 cents a gallon on your first fill-up and 5 cents a gallon after that. The app is particularly helpful when driving on the interstate and you’re trying to decide which exit to take to fill up the tank.
Just make sure that you delegate the responsibility of looking for the best deal to your passengers, so that you can keep your eyes on the road.
Hate trying to read all the amenities available as you approach an exit sign on the interstate? iExit can help you find out what’s available at each exit before you get there. Whether you’re looking for a restaurant, a gas station, or even a landmark, iExit can help you be better prepared so you can spend less time driving around aimlessly.
Castbox and Music Apps
Tired of your same old travel playlist? If you’re a fan of podcasts, Castbox is definitely an app to check out. This free app is a podcast only app and it works similarly to Spotify and Pandora.
Want to create a holiday playlist for the car? Check out apps like Tidal, SoundCloud, Deezer or stick to favorites like Apple Music, Spotify, or Pandora.
Fewer things are more frustrating when driving than when your car breaks down. Even if you have your car serviced before you hit the road, car issues can happen anytime and usually when you least expect.
Blink Roadside is a free app worth having on your phone, just in case you need roadside assistance. The app connects to a call center which makes sure you get a tow truck or other assistance.