Unless you spend a lot of time lurking around the app store on your cellphone, you may not know about just how many car-related apps are out there.
For this article, we asked a few of our friends at Don Vance of Marshfield, a local Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealer in Marshfield, MO, for suggestions on their favorite apps and came up with quite a list. Here are several that we especially found useful.
Dashcams have become popular accessories for cars, especially in Russia, where the sheer craziness of the country’s drivers have resulted in hundreds of YouTube videos. The reason that Russians use dashcams so often is for documentation.
As with many places around the world, when an accident occurs in Mother Russia, the person at fault is liable for damages, making it a good idea to record every trip one takes just in case something happens. Back here in the U.S., the units are expensive but with the CarCorder app, a dashboard mount and your cell phone, you have a quite capable dashcam at your disposal.
CarCorder offers many of the features of high-end dashcams, allowing you to switch between multiple resolutions, track your location, and get alerts when you’re driving too fast. The best part about this app? It only costs $1.99!
If you frequently hit traffic jams on your way into work, Waze is an app for you. With over 45 million users, Waze is the world’s largest traffic and navigation community, keeping you up to date on traffic and current road conditions.
Waze also offers voice-assisted navigation and road hazard announcements so that you can keep your eyes on the road at all time.
In case you are wondering, the way Waze collects data is via their network of special members who constantly update road and traffic conditions. Did we mention the app is free?!
It’s as if MyMaxSpeed was developed for parents who would like to keep closer tabs on their teenage drivers. By installing the app on a phone that will be in the vehicle you wish to track, you can log the speed and location of said phone (i.e. car) every five minutes.
MyMaxSpeed uses the cell phone’s internal accelerometer and GPS to track. It also allows you to monitor where your teen is and can even be programmed to send updates via a text message if the phone travels outside a perimeter that you define. Sorry Kids, Mom and Dad are watching.
GasBuddy is a very popular free app that helps you find the cheapest gas near you, showing you the closest gas stations and prices to where you are.
Like the MyMaxSpeed app, it is able to do by collecting data from special GasBuddy members who are rewarded with “points” for entering the gas prices they come across. GasBuddy monitors some 110,000 stations at currently and is one of the most popular car apps “on the road.”
We’ve all been there. You know, you park in a crowded parking lot but don’t remember exactly where your car is when it’s time to go home. Normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal, but it’s late and it so happens that you’re carrying 30 pounds of purchases.
But this doesn’t have to happen again, thanks to apps like FindMyCar.
FindMyCar uses GPS to store your car’s location when you park. On your way back, it uses the compass and GPS coordinates to find and help guide you to it. Simple, isn’t it?
Dynolicious is for car enthusiasts. Using iPhone’s accelerometer, it can calculate your 0-60 time, your 1/4 mile time and even your estimated horsepower and display all this information on an easy-to-use interface.