**Please note that Compass Insurance is not encouraging the practice of driving while using your cell phone**
There are many helpful apps that can better your driving experience. For parents with teenage drivers, there are also apps to help give you peace of mind when they’re on the road.
We put together a list of some of our favorite driving apps.
Platform: iOS/ Android
GasBuddy is great for those who are on the road a lot. Using you phone’s GPS, it brings up all gas stations in your area and their prices. Helping you find the cheapest gas? Notice a change in the price? You can help keep GasBuddy up to date by changing the price in the app to let other drivers know.
TripAlyizer can determine how efficient a driver you are. Input your car information and the app determines your driving habits, miles per gallon (MPG) and keep track of your gas intake.
Waze is great for a couple of things. One, it gives directions to your destination just like Apple or Google maps. But with the help of other ‘wazers’ you can see where there are accidents, road debris, heavy traffic, and cops. ‘Wazers’ are able to give live updates letting you know what to expect on your trip.
Find My Car
Ever lose track of your car in a parking lot? With the Find My Car app, you can pin the location of your app, add any detailing notes about the location, and go. When you’re ready to return to your car, you can map directions back to where you parked.
MamaBear is great for parents who want to keep an eye on their teen drivers. You can set alerts for location activity, know if they’re speeding, if they need help, or ask you to come pick them up. This app also allows you to monitor their social media and who they’re texting.
The Canary Project
The Canary Project is similar to MamaBear. Except you don’t have the option of monitoring your child’s social media. The Canary Project gives you a report of your teen’s driving and lets you know if they used their phone while the car was in motion. If you teen has car trouble, they can call someone using the 24/7 roadside assistance.
Cost: Free for the first month, $14.95/Month
Tired of listening to the same music over and over? With Audible, you can listen to books on the go. You need an Amazon account to sign into the app. But you can listen on just about any device which means you can listen on your tablet, then switch to your phone and not lose your spot when you get in your car.
USA Rest Stop Locator
The USA Rest Stop Locator app works for the entire country. It is kept up to date on where are the rest stops are along the highway. This is great for those who take long road trips and need to pull off quickly to the nearest rest stop.
What are some of your favorite apps? Let us know in the comments below!