With the advent of smartphones, the word ‘app’ is understood by almost everyone who has ever held a smart device. The Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store have a cumulative of over 5 million apps on their platforms. Social media, online shopping, exam preparation, reminders, call recording and what not. There also happen to be apps which vow to make your driving experience better. While we do not recommend using your smartphone when driving, but there are some useful apps which will actually make your driving much smoother.
Here we will give you a roundup of 5 apps for Android smartphones which let you handle your car better and improve your driving experience. All these apps are available on Google Play for free. All you need is a smartphone and an internet connection for some features. These apps will work on any low-end smartphone. Mobile prices in Pakistan go as low as PKR 5,000. So here’s a detailed look at the apps!
DashDroid is an extremely easy to use application which will turn your driving experience into a breeze. The app comes with a lot of awesome features like you can select your favorite apps which will show on your home screen as shortcuts. You can put up to 10 apps on your home screen so that you can access them quickly with one tap. It can also turn your Bluetooth on when you sit in your car and turn it off when you leave the car. It also has a do not disturb mode which turns all the notifications off when you are driving. You can also set custom auto replies to text messages while driving.
DashDroid has a lot of more features. You can download the DashDroid from Google Play Store.
2. Google Maps
Google Maps is one of my personal favorite application. If you drive regularly you have to make it your go-to app as it can assist you in a lot of places. Google Maps has live traffic updates and voice guided turn by turn navigations to help you reach your destination. Moreover, you can always search for the restaurants, cafes, gas stations and ATMs near your location in case you need them. You can also read the reviews of the restaurants and cafes to help you better decide where you want to go.
Google Maps also works offline. So you don’t need to worry about your internet connection while navigating to your destination. You can download Google Maps from Google Play Store.
3. Speedometer – Speed
Speedometer – Speed is a very simple and easy to use app. It shows you your real time speed while driving your car. It has some more interesting features like it shows you the total distance traveled, minimum speed, maximum speed and a graph of recent speed. You can choose the speed unit between km/h or miles/h.
Speedometer – Speed is available to download for free on Google Play Store.
4. Find My Car
Find My Car is an app to help you locate your parked car easily. Once you park your car, you can set your GPS location of where you parked your car and then you can find the position easily through the app. You can see the location of your parked car within the app or you can use an external app, like Google Maps, to navigate your way to the car.
You can also take a picture of your parked car to locate it easily afterward. The app is available on Google Play Store for free.
Waze is a community of over 85 million people helping each other to find better routes to their destinations. You get the real time road block alerts because people report in real time if an accident happens on the road or if it is a dead end. Moreover, the navigation on Waze changes in real time if a road is blocked or there is a heavy traffic on your way. This ensures that you reach your destination avoiding all the traffic.The app is available on Google Play Store for free.