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A beginner’s guide to driver-friendly apps

Last updated on November 12, 2019 at 10:50 am

With so many mobile apps at our fingertips and only so much memory on our smartphones, choosing which ones are worth downloading can be challenging. So, in the hopes of making your life a little bit easier, we did some research and found a few apps designed to help you get the most out of traveling in your car – after all, we are an auto insurance company and are always looking for ways to keep our drivers happy! But, please remember to never use your smartphone will driving – only do so when you’re safely pulled over or parked.

While smartphones might come pre-programmed with their operating system’s own navigation software, there are some third-party navigation apps to consider, too.

As a community-based traffic and navigation app, Waze is all about people helping people. Waze works to give drivers a fast and convenient route from point A to B using real-time updates on traffic, accidents and other road hazards. As drivers are out on the road, they passively contribute to traffic data in the app and help fellow drivers avoid accidents and other holdups.

For another useful navigation app, try Citymapper. With a goal of simplifying city mobility, Citymapper offers a host of features. For example, its “Meet me Somewhere” feature acts as an event invitation. With this service, Citymapper will generate a link that you can send to each guest, giving him or her instant navigation to your “event” – whether it be a dinner, party, or just a meet up.

Similar to Waze’s crowdsourced data approach, GasBuddy will help you find low gas prices in your area. When users find cheap gas, GasBuddy encourages them to report it so that other drivers can find low prices as well. For each gas price a user reports, he or she can earn points towards GasBuddy’s prize giveaways.

And for those times when you’re stranded, HONK may be a helpful resource. Honk specializes in roadside assistance: towing, tire change, jumpstarts, lockouts or gas refills. With a nationwide network of over 20,000 tow trucks and 24/7 service, HONK is an alternative to drivers who aren’t enrolled in formal roadside assistance programs.

Speaking of being stranded, have you ever lost your car because you forgot where you parked? The Find My Car app is designed  to help you remember where your car is parked when you go to sporting events,  concerts or other places where the lots and garages can be huge – also for those Christmas shopping trips when the only open spots seem to be on the outskirts of civilization.

Whether you’re looking for the quickest route or find yourself broken down on the side of the road, there’s probably an app to help you. We’ve only touched on a few, so check out the on-line app stores for even more apps that are designed to help you get the most out of traveling.

We have provided this list of products and services for informational purposes only, to give you some ideas and get you started on your own research. Plymouth Rock does not endorse or sponsor any of these products, Plymouth Rock is not sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with any of these products and any such inferences are hereby expressly disclaimed.  Registration and use of any products or services are subject to the individual terms and conditions of those products or services.

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