Your smartphone can do a lot. It can even make you a better driver. You might be surprised to learn that with just a few affordable apps, your phone can help get you deals on insurance, protect you from collisions, and help you save on costly trips to the mechanic.
Every trip to the store or daily commute to work will be safer and your car will be in better shape so it can keep running for years to come — all because of the iPhone in your pocket. You can drive safer and save money with these five car apps.
1. Augmented driving
For just $3, this app brings any car, no matter how old it is, into the 21st century. Your smartphone becomes a second set of eyes and ears and uses an augmented view of the street to warn you about possible collisions and speeding, and make you a safer driver overall.
2. Car Minder Plus
Too much time between check-ups can lead to preventable problems with your car. This app will remind you when it’s time to take your car in to the mechanic for a tune-up, as well as track things like fuel economy and give you information about your car in an easy-to-read graph.
3. You insurer’s app
Car insurance companies like Nationwide, Progressive, State Farm, and more now have smartphone apps that make it easier to stay on top of your insurance. Downloading the app for your particular auto insurance lets you track accidents and safe driving, which helps a lot if your insurance company offers safe driving rewards.
You can even pay your bill or get in contact with an agent through the app. Everything you need is easy to get access to while you’re on the go and you can quickly get into contact with your insurance company if you have a question about your coverage.
4. Gas Buddy
We’re all trying to find new ways to beat rising gas prices, but you probably feel like that’s getting harder and harder to do. Luckily, this app makes it easy to compare gas prices in the area so you know you’re getting the best possible deal.
When you’re filling up, those small price differences can make a big difference.
If you’ve ever been in a car accident, you know that even a little fender bender can be a scary and confusing experience. This app helps you get through the crash with all the information you’ll need. It’s a great free app to have on your phone in case of an emergency, since you never know when you’ll need it.
This app is perfect for anyone looking to learn more about repairing cars and saving a little money by doing his or her own tune-ups. With easy-to-follow instructions and videos, you can learn to change oil, belts, fender washers, brake pads, headlights, and more. All this is free and right in your pocket whenever you need it.
7. Kelly Blue Book app
If you’re in the market for a used car, this is a must-have app, especially if you’re not really a car person. We can’t all be expert negotiators, but this app takes into account various cars and certain conditions like features, year, damages, etc., and then gives you the value of the car. With that information, it’s a lot easier to get a good deal and know that you aren’t getting ripped off.