Technology has definitely made some enormous changes to how we use our cars by both changing the cars and the ways we interact with them. If we are to believe the proponents of self-driving cars, we are actually living in the last days of the traditional car ownership. A big part of this changing relationship with cars are the apps that various companies have developed and that make our cars better and more fun. Today, we will be looking at the best apps for car owners.
Depending on where in the world you live, a dashcam is more or less a standard piece of equipment. There is no doubt that it is the best tool for drivers who wish to stay safe from the legal point of view, knowing that they will always have footage of their driving should the need arise. And while some people purchase dashcam units, there is another possibility – the CarCorder app.
As its name suggests, CarCorder turns an ordinary smartphone into a recording device which acts just as a dashcam would. You can set the definition you want the videos to be (conserving drive space if needed) and you are even reminded when you start speeding.
2. Car Minder Plus
Some of us are really pedantic when our cars are in question and we make sure we do every little thing that we are supposed to. Some of us, well, are not and we could use a bit of help when it comes to doing regular maintenance on our cars. If you consider yourself to be more a part of the second team, then you should definitely consider Car Minder Plus.
This app has been around for a while and the simple reason is that it is so functional. It keeps track of your mileage, your gas consumption, fill-ups and also lets you know when you should replace your wipers and your oil (Castrol always a smart choice). All of the data can be backed up on your computer and the best thing is you can have different databases for all of your cars.
Most of us have some kind of GPS navigation running as we drive along, whether it is a built-in system or a device of some kind. The cheapest and the simplest option, however, is a phone app and TomTom is just what the doctor ordered. It is a more than decent GPS navigation app which finds the fine line between being useful and easily visible. Besides providing you with navigation, it will also inform when there are speed cameras out there so you don’t get a ticket.
4. Beat the Traffic
One of the worst things about being a car owner is getting stuck in traffic on the way to work. If you live in a big city and you spend hours getting stuck in traffic every day, then Beat the Traffic is an app you simply MUST have on your phone. It is a crowdsourced app where users themselves feed it data when they come across an accident, a jam or a bottleneck of some kind. Thanks to this fact, the app is updated in real time, meaning that you learn about traffic issues the same moment they occur.
GasBuddy is another old-timer among smartphone apps for car owners and its job is as simple as they come – it ensures you do not overpay for your gas. Once again, it is the users themselves that provide information for other drivers, letting them know about the best prices on gas in their area. It may not sound like you will save too much money by using GasBuddy, but after a few months on your phone, the app really starts having an impact on your gas expenses.