Top 10 Mobile Applications to Help Your Driving

Top 10 Mobile Applications to Help with Driving

There are over 700 applications added each day.

Mobile applications. Ohhh, how wonderful they can be…if you’re able find the right ones, that is. With an overwhelming amount of applications claiming to perform a limitless amount of tasks, from ordering pizza to solving the most complex business operations (perhaps finding the perfect pizza joint?), it’s easy to get lost in the mix. Numbers for total number of apps worldwide are hard to come by, but the Apple App Store (for apps that work on Apple devices) and Google Play (for apps that work on Android devices), are believed to be the two largest stores with over 800,000 apps apiece, according to Canalys. What’s more, there’s a continuous influx a new applications every day.

That’s why we thought we’d put together a list of the top 10 most useful mobile applications that make driving a lot easier and perhaps even a bit more fun. So, without further ado (and in no particular order), here they are:

GasBuddy mobile app

1) GasBuddy - GasBuddy gives you the most comprehensive real time gas prices and help you find the cheapest prices in your area. This application report gas prices and get a chance to win free gas.

 

 

 

 

 

RepairPal mobile app

2) RepairPal - Whether it’s an auto emergency, a roadside breakdown, or just a small problem, RepairPal can help. The award winning RepairPal app tells you the right price to pay for your repair, finds you a great mechanic in the area, tracks all your repairs, and gives you one-touch access to roadside assistance.

 

 

 

 

Dynolicious mobile app

3) Dynolicious – For the gearhead. Using  the built-in capabilities of your iPhone, this app can measure stats such as acceleration (1/4 mile elapsed time, 1/4 trap speed), lateral g’s (current and peak), braking G’s (current and peak), horsepower (wheel and/or estimated crank), and friction circle (max g’s in 16 directions). Go to town.

 

 

 

 

Waze mobile app

4) Waze – This application is changing how we approach navigation. It’s the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Here you can join other drivers on the road in your area, working together towards a common goal: to outsmart traffic and get everyone the best route to work and back, every day. commute.

 

 

 

 

Waze mobile app5) HonkWhere’d I park? How much time do I have on the meter? How do I get back to that space? What’s around the area? This app answers all these questions.

 

 

 

 

 

Crafstman garage door mobile app

6) Crafstman Garage DoorCan’t remember if you closed your garage door? Need to open it to safely store a delivery? You can now use the Craftsman Garage Door iPhone app from anywhere to open and close your garage door. Catch: You need to invest in Crafstman’s $200 garage-door opening system. Measure the value.

 

 

 

 

Parkopedia mobile app

7) Parkopedia - Born out of a frustration of looking for parking, teh creators of this app set out to map and list every parking space/structure in the world – and their rates. To date, Parkopedia has grown to cover over 38 million parking spaces in 52 countries around the world thanks to contributions from drivers like you.

 

 

 

 

SafeDriver mobile app

8) SafeDriver - No news is good news for parents. With the Safe Driver app, parents (or businesses) will receive updates when a driver (or employee) exceeds whatever speed or acceleration set points you want them to stay below.

 

 

 

 

GasHog mobile app

9) GasHog – GasHog allows you to enter the odometer reading, the amount of fuel added and the total cost every time you add fuel to calculate the fuel economy of your last tank, as well as your historical averages. Additionally, GasHog offers tips for improving the fuel economy of your vehicle.

 

 

 

 

10) XLR8 – This app is just downright fun, but we’ll just let the video below speak for itself,:

So what’re your thoughts? Do you us any great applications to help in your driving endeavors? Let us know below!

7 Tips That *Might* Get You Out of a Speeding Ticket

How to get out of a speeding ticket.

An unfortunate sight for anyone.

Anyone who’s ever been pulled over for speeding (or any reason, for that matter) can empathize with the dreadful feeling that accompanies the site of flashing red and blue in the rear-view mirror. To put it lightly, a tidal wave of negative emotion that quickly drowns the culprit in a sea of despair, leaving nothing but a crippled sense of hope. Okay, perhaps it’s not that bad, but it’s no drive in the park. If only there was a way to get out of them, right?

Well, there might be.  Thankfully, thirteen friendly police officers from AskReddit.com have compiled a list of suggestions that just might get you out of a speeding ticket. Or, at the very least, tips to help put your best foot forward and make the strongest case once the siren sings. With out further ado:

1.) Don’t bribe or flirt with the cop. “I feel when women show some skin or someone tries to bribe me with money it insults my integrity, and that is a guaranteed ticket as well.”

2.) If you’re speeding and see a cop. Wave. “The smartest thing that you can do is to wave at the officer. He will either think that you know each other and wave back, or will think that you’re acknowledging that you were driving too fast, and are letting him know that you’re slowing down. Either way, you drastically reduce your chance of getting a ticket.”

3.) Don’t have an attitude. “99% of the time, our minds are made up before we make contact with the driver. Once in awhile you can tell if someone is having a bad day and decide not to give them ticket. Just don’t be an asshole. You have no idea how often someone who wasn’t going to get a ticket ends up getting one based on their attitude. On the contrary, when people make small talk and have somewhat of a conversation it humanizes the people we’re dealing with and makes it harder for us to give someone a ticket.”

4.) Make sure you do these things:

  • Keep your hands on the steering wheel throughout the entire encounter. It shows care and concern for the officer’s safety. “Trust me, we really appreciate that.”
  • If it’s night time, turn on your dome light
  • Don’t stare at the officer in your side view or rear view. “We notice this every time, it looks suspicious and some officers will be more on the defensive.”
  • Know where your registration and proof of insurance is so you’re not fumbling to find it. “It shows responsibility and courtesy. And I recommend getting a small portfolio to keep it them in.”
  • Ask permission to remove your wallet to retrieve your license and registration. “Say something like ‘my wallet is in my back right pocket, is it okay if I pull it out to get you my driver’s license?’”
  • Take responsibility for your actions. Don’t make up excuses as to why you were speeding. “We’ve heard them all. “Something like, ‘yeah, it’s possible I was going a little over the limit, I thought I was keeping with the flow of traffic’ will suffice.”

5) Don’t do anything that makes the officer feel unsafe. Traffic stops are the most dangerous things for officers. 55% of traffic officer fatalities occur during a ‘routine’ traffic stop.

Ask politely, and you just might be rewarded.

Ask politely, and you just might be rewarded.

6) Politely request a warning. “If you weren’t doing 60 in a residential area or driving recklessly, a simple,”would you consider giving me a warning?” can work…my department counts warnings toward my monthly quota.”

7) Never admit you were speeding. If you say you weren’t paying attention or the speed got away from you, I’m going to write that in the notes section of the ticket for when I testify.”

Keep in mind, If you get pulled over by state police/highway patrol/trooper, your chances of getting out of a ticket are slim. Their primary responsibility is more traffic enforcement and less crime prevention. On the other hand, if you get pulled over by a city/county/town police officer, you have a better shot. Most of these officers are using speed enforcement as probable cause to pull you over and uncover a more serious crime (drugs, weapons etc.).

However, this all goes without saying, if you follow the law then you won’t have to deal with breaking it. So, have you ever gotten out of a speeding fine? We’d love to hear your stories. Post them below.

8 Thanksgiving Road-Trip Tips

Thanksgiving road trip

As fun as road trips can (and should) be, they provide plenty of opportunities for disaster.

Roses are red, violets are blue, and Thanksgiving is the busiest travel time of the year. We all know this, so we’ll skip the stats and get right into Thanksgiving road-trip tips that will help you get to and from your parents’/grandparents’ holiday gathering safely.

  • First and foremost, brush up on your winter driving skills.
  • Secure all in-cabin items and luggage. Since it’s Thanksgiving, your car will likely be crammed with overnight bags, gifts, plus your homemade casserole and a bottle of wine. All of those extras can become dangerous projectiles in the event of hard breaking or an accident. Make sure they are secured, especially if in the cargo area of an SUV.
  • Leave at an awkward hour. Sure, if you have kids, they’ll probably complain, but there’s an obvious reason for this. “The higher risk times are in the evenings because people are drowsy,”  AAA spokeswoman Cynthia Brough. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, particularly from noon through the evening, is one such high-risk time due to people heading out on their trip. Early morning is always best. Also, follow the same best practices for holiday road travel, including avoiding the highways on the Wednesday before turkey day and the following Sunday.
  • Plan an alternate route. More travelers mean more cars, and more accidents. Make sure you have at least one alternate route planned out that you can take to avoid huge delays. Try to plan your route along less popular freeways. Even if the mileage is a bit more it will be worth it when you’re driving 65 for that extra 10 miles than stuck locked in traffic for an extra 2 hours.
  • Keep the kids entertained. The last thing the driver needs is the little monsters int he back causing havoc. A laptop or tablet with pre-loaded movies can be a life-saver. If you do have an iPad, look into a headrest mount for easy, argue-free viewing.
  • Think like a Boy Scout. Keep a cache of emergency supplies in your vehicle. Check out this infographic for items every car should have.
  • Stretch and move whenever you get the chance. If you find yourself stuck in traffic or at a fresh red light, do some road-trip calisthenics. Rolling your shoulders and flexing your back and upper arms will increase blood-circulation a can be great stress relievers. If possible, get out of your car and perform the “Chicken Dance.” You’ll entertain your fellow travelers and get your own circulation moving.
  • Don’t turkey and drive. The Thanksgiving bird is known for packing high levels of Tryptophan, an amino acid that brings on sleepiness. What’s more, the rest of the carb-heavy Thanksgiving sides produce sleep-promoting melatonin. “We find that over holidays, there are more vehicle incidents due to drowsy driving because we try to do it all. So sleep off your turkey before you get in the car to go home,” says Brough.

These are but a few points of consideration for your Thanksgiving road trip (and, really, ANY road trip). We hope you find them useful. Safe driving!

9 Ways to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter

To the average driver, taking the steps to “winterize” your vehicle is as necessary as watching the World Series when your team isn’t playing…it just doesn’t happen.  The funny thing, though, is that winter is the season that causes the most problems for cars, problems that can be easily avoided with just a couple hours of attention.

How To Winterize Your vehicle

By winterizing your vehicle, you can help avoid situations like this.

“The last thing any driver needs is a vehicle that breaks down in cold, harsh winter weather,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “A vehicle check before the temperatures drop is a sensible way to avoid the inconvenience of being stranded out in the cold and with the unexpected expense of emergency repairs.”

The Car Care Council recommends the following nine steps for winterizing your vehicle.

  1. Have the battery and charging system checked for optimum performance. Cold weather is hard on batteries.
  2. Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system. As a general rule of thumb, this should be done every two years.
  3. Make sure heaters, defrosters and wipers work properly. Consider winter wiper blades and use cold weather washer fluid. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months.
  4. Check the tire tread depth and tire pressure. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly.
  5. Be diligent about changing the oil and filter at recommended intervals. Dirty oil can spell trouble in winter. Consider changing to “winter weight” oil if you live in a cold climate. Have your technician check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time.
  6. If you’re due for a tune-up, have it done before winter sets in. Winter magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling.
  7. Have the brakes checked. The braking system is the vehicle’s most important safety item.
  8. Have the exhaust system checked for carbon monoxide leaks, which can be especially dangerous during cold weather driving when windows are closed.
  9. Check to see that exterior and interior lights work and headlights are properly aimed.

Need to get started right away? Check out current GM service specials here.

Safety Tips for Halloween Driving

Children trick-or-treating

Halloween is considered the deadliest day of the year for children.

Halloween is an exciting time for children. The idea of being able to dress up as ghouls, ghosts and werewolves, then run relatively freely around the neighborhood scaring all in their line of sight, and then being rewarded with a sweet treat afterwards? It’s no surprise Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for children.

That’s why we’ve put together this short list of safety driving tips to keep your little zombies safe…as well as everyone else’s:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.