So, you have a brand new Android device. Congratulations! Android is truly the best mobile OS out there, and the devices being made are just fantastic. However, there is a myth that a smartphone in a car will just distract a driver. Well, this is partly true. When using a smartphone in a car, a driver should be very careful. At the same time, with the right set of applications it is possible to turn your Android device into a great helper. Android smartphones are not only for run. There is an array of apps that can make a driver's life much easier and sometimes even save life. So, here's the list of apps that I think every driver should have in his / her smartphone.
This application is a real catch for drivers who want to cut down fuel expenses. GasBuddy will point out gas stations offering the lowest fuel prices. By searching out your destination or current location, the app will map up the nearest stations where you can fill up. Using GasBuddy is especially beneficial when driving long distances, as you will always know where to fill up your car for less.
Maps, Navigation and Car Mode
These apps come with all Android devices (version 2.0 or higher) and can make your driving experience more smooth and pleasant. Paper maps are useless, unless you have an additional pair of hands to hold them. With Android maps you can drive in the right direction without making frequent stops or asking someone to check the route on the map.
Navigation is helpful while you are driving within the touch area of a data signal. The Car Mode will come in handy when your hands are occupied. It will pull off Voice Actions and make navigation directions safer. At the same time, it will point out the nearest hotels, restaurants, ATMs, gas stations and other spots.
Gas Mileage Calculator
As the name suggests, this app will help identify gas mileage of your auto. All you need to do to determine your mpg is to enter the cost of each fill-up. The main drawback of the Android gas mileage calculator is that it does not save the results. In other words, it eliminates the option of further analysis.
If you are an aggressive driver and are fond of speed, consider downloading Trapster. This app knows the locations of about 5.5 million speed traps located worldwide. Thus, avoiding speeding tickets with this app is easier. Another beneficial feature of Trapster is the in-built local speed limits alerts.
This Android application was developed for electric vehicle drivers. The main drawback of electric vehicles is the limited range. This can be a huge problem if you do not know where the nearest charging station is. PlugShare will help you find the nearest charger. However, remember that this app provides information about charging stations located in North America.