Everybody knows the catchphrase ‘there’s an app for that’ which has been bandied about by a certain large corporation with a fruity logo for the past few years – and it’s true, they pretty much do have an app to suit your needs. However, they are not the only ones who provide apps for smartphones and, in recent years, the amount of good quality apps available for Android has been on the rise. One area where Android excels is in their apps aimed at car drivers – from sat nav and black box video recorders, through to apps designed to help you locate your vehicle if you can’t remember where you parked it. Here is a run-down of our top ten driving apps for Android.
10. Hazard Perception Driving Test
This app is aimed at those currently taking driving lessons and looking towards booking their theory test. The theory test nowadays includes a hazard perception test, which must be passed before anybody is allowed to take the practical test. This free app contains six videos, each of which has several ‘hazards’ for the user to spot and highlight by tapping the screen. Further sets of videos for the app can be purchased from the app store for ‘a30.50 per set.
9. Drismo – Driving Skills Monitor
Do you ever wonder if there is any way in which you can save on your fuel consumption? Then this is the app for you. Drismo monitors your driving style throughout a journey and at the end provides you with analysis in the form of a graph, word summary or colour coded map. Harsh braking and manoeuvres which could be considered aggressive are all taken into account in order to provide you with most comprehensive data and, best of all, the app is free of charge.
8. Daily Roads Voyager
This free video recording app is designed to be used as a type of Black Box Recorder in order to provide video evidence in the event of an accident or incident. The app is simple to use, effective and videos have an overlay which shows the vehicles driving speed.
7. AA Parking
There is nothing worse than having to wait in a long queue in order to park your car in a busy car park, or circling around the town centre hoping that someone will give up their space shortly. This app helps you to find that elusive parking spot by using your GPS signal to locate the nearest car park. The app costs ‘a31.99, which may sound a little steep but this really is the best app of its type currently available.
6. CarStations electric vehicle charge point finder
Do you drive an electric powered car? If you do then you will know how hard it is to find a charging station in the UK. CarStations is a free app which will point you towards the nearest charging point to you current location. Very useful if you are in an unfamiliar area.
With this handy free Android app you can pay for your parking charges without having to leave the comfort of your car. The app works at car parks run by NCP as well as those run by various train companies and councils.
4. Drive Safe.ly
Designed for the businessperson who spends a lot of time in their car this free app uses voices recognition technology, so that you can reply to emails and text messages without having to touch your phone. It also reads out any incoming texts and emails ’96 a truly hands free app!
3. WhatGas Petrol Prices
This app locates all of the petrol stations closest to your location, and lists the current fuel prices. The app is free of charge, but relies on members of the community to update the fuel prices, so information may not be very up to date.
This free GPS navigation system uses open source technology which is updated by more than 250,000 users regularly. With many of the same features that can be found on more expensive Sat Nav systems NavFree will help you get from A to B with ease.
1 Car Locator
A very useful app for anyone who has forgotten where they parked their car. It costs ‘a32.49 but, using GPS technology, is incredibly accurate ’96 as long as you remember to ‘store’ the location of your car when you park.
This guest post was written by PassSmart.com