Your Smartphone Can Make Driving Easier
So, you jumped on the bandwagon and bought a Smartphone… so why not put it to good use while on the road? Here are five apps that can help make driving in California easier.
1. Google Maps
Google Maps was the original mapping software, and it is still considered one of the best. It needs no introduction, and it remains the standard of Internet mapping. The only reason we feel the obligation to mention it is because it no longer comes standard on Apple devices. So be sure to download it before you leave the house.
2. DMV NOW
DMV NOW is an app created and operated by the California Department of Motor Vehicles with a number of useful features. Drivers who are new to California can take practice tests to brush up on their knowledge of the state’s driving laws. Those who need to hand in forms or speak to DMV personnel at a field office can use the app to find the nearest DMV location and be informed as to what the current wait time is. App users can also access documents and videos that have been posted to the DMV’s website. Perhaps the most useful function though, is that SMS messages can be read aloud, so drivers do not text and drive.
3. Gas Buddy
The website that so many of us use every day in order to save money on gas has a mobile version! Gas Buddy, for those unfamiliar with it, tracks fuel prices at gas stations across the country. So wherever you are, simply enter your location and the app will formulate a map showing you where gas stations are in your area and which ones are offering the cheapest prices. It is especially useful in California because the state typically has such high gas costs. It can also be used by tourists who are visiting the state and do not want to pay an arm and a leg in order to drive around and marvel at its wonders.
4. Find My Car
Although several different companies make their own versions, each of these apps works essentially the same way. Wherever you park your car, note its location on the app’s map using GPS (perhaps a useful memo as well, like which level of a parking structure you left your car on). Then when it is time to return, the app uses your phone’s GPS locator to create a map that helps you to find your car. You will not realize how useful it is until the first time you use it.
iWrecked is last, but certainly not least, because when the worst occurs and you find yourself in a car accident, it behooves you to have this particularly handy app on your phone. iWrecked contains a long, detailed checklist that assists you in obtaining all of the information you need in order to report an accident to your auto insurance company. You can take photos of the accident scene along with the specific damage to both your car and the other party’s vehicle. You can take down insurance information and even use the app to find police officers and towing facilities nearby so you can get your car off the road safely.
Also, remember to keep Auto Insurance Specialists stored in your contacts and saved in your phone’s Internet bookmarks. With AIS, if you’ve linked your account, you are able to go online and see information about your policy, such as your ID cards.
You should have driver-friendly apps handy no matter where you go, but it is also important for you to be able to reach your auto insurance company.
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