When it comes to technology, there’s not much our smartphones can’t do – and these days, there’s an app for just about everything. Whether you’re the sort of person who spends hours trying to remember where you parked the car or you like to keep tabs on how much petrol you’re using, there’s an app out there for you. We’ve put together a handy list of our favourite driving apps to guarantee you get the most of your driving experience and help you stay safe on the roads.
1. TomTom Europe
This app is every bit as accurate as the information on an actual TomTom Europe, but with a much lower price tag.
What you need to know: this app is available from the Apple App Store for £44.99
2. Petrol Prices Pro
The Petrol Prices Pro app provides you with details of nearby petrol stations and prices based on your location. Once you’ve paid the year’s subscription fee, the app regularly updates to bring you competitive fuel prices.
What you need to know: a year’s subscription is £2.99 and the app is available in the Apple App Store and with Google Play for Android
This app is great for anyone looking to be more fuel efficient and save money. The app gives you tips on how to alter your driving habits to lower fuel consumption and make fewer trips to the petrol pump.
What you need to know: the DriveGain app is free in the Apple App Store
4. Find My Car
For anyone who has gone back to the car park and can’t find their car (all of us, at some point), this app is the perfect driving companion. The app uses your smartphone’s GPS to find the location of your car, meaning you never have to get lost again.
What you need to know: this app comes free of charge in the Apple App Store and Google Play
5. Auto Trader Mobile
The Auto Trader app is ideal for anyone looking for a new car. As well as searching the nation for your new car, it provides a map detailing the vehicle’s location.
What you need to know: this app is free and available on the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android
6. Google Maps
The Google Maps app gives TomTom a run for its money – mostly because it’s free! The app is just like regular Google Maps – so whether you need to get from A to B or A to Z, you’re guaranteed an easy-to-follow route.
What you need to know: Google Maps comes free of charge on all Apple iOS and Android devices
7. Aviva Drive
This is a great app for young drivers looking to lower their insurance costs. The app monitors your driving performance and gives you a score out of 10, which is then used to estimate your monthly insurance costs.
What you need to know: this app is available for free on iOS and Android devices
Obviously you should be monitoring your driving speed at all times – but for those who struggle to stick to the limits, CamerAlert is a fantastic app which encourages safer driving. The warning system alerts you when you’re approaching a speed camera, which gives you time to check you’re travelling within the speed limit and potentially avoid a speeding fine.
What you need to know: this app is free to download on both iOS and Android devices, although you will only be able to use a limited version of the speed camera database
9. AA Parking
If your pet hate is searching for parking spots, this is the app for you. The AA Parking app provides you with location details of all UK and Ireland car parks, as well as how much they charge – and, in some cases, real-time availability.
What you need to know: this app is available on iOS devices for just £1.99
10. Highway Code
Whether you’re a learner driver or just need to brush up on your road sign knowledge, this app is ideal. It compiles everything you’ll ever need to know into one handy app which you can access on the go.
What you need to know: this app is available for iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry phones – with prices starting from 75p and going up to £3.99
So now you’ve seen the top 10 apps for drivers, what are you waiting for? Get downloading!
Author: Sam Wright is a car blogger for the Car Loan Warehouse – providing car finance deals to suit any make, model or budget.