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Road Safety

13 Best Smartphone Driving Apps for 2020

Ladenburg Law   /   January 31, 2020

We wanted to put together a list of the best smartphone driving apps to help you start the year right.

Our goal: compile a list of apps to help you drive safer and smarter. Other lists we found contained outdated information or apps that were poorly rated. Each of the apps included on our list has an average rating of over 4.0, and several thousand reviews. We’ll give you a quick rundown of each app’s features and average rating.

GasBuddy App

#1: GasBuddy

GasBuddy helps you locate the cheapest gas in your area. Prices are user-submitted. You can earn gas discounts when you use an associated GasBuddy account.

Average Rating: 4.7 (330K ratings)
Cost: Free
Format: App Store, Google Play

Waze App

#2 Waze

Waze will help you find the quickest route to your travel destination. It alerts you of construction, traffic, crashes, and more. If traffic is bad, it will change your route.

Average Rating: 4.8 (2.2M ratings)
Cost: Free
Format: App Store, Google Play

Find my Parked Car App

#3: Find My Parked Car

Never forget where you’ve parked your car again! This handy app will help you track your exact parking location. You can also set an alarm for metered parking and share your parking location with others.

Average Rating: 4.5 (2.5K ratings)
Cost: Free, with in-app purchases
Format: App Store, Google Play

BestParking App

#4: BestParking

BestParking helps you locate available parking lots and garages in your area. The app also includes prices, so you can find the best deal possible. You can reserve a space directly through the app, and get directions. Many reviewers mentioned the app developer’s good customer service.

Average Rating: 4.8 (22K ratings)
Cost: Free
Format: App Store, Google Play

LIfe360 App

#5: Life360

We mentioned the Life360 app in our blog post for how parents can help their teen drivers. It’s worth mentioning again. This location-sharing app can help keep you connected to friends and family. You can get automatic updates when your family members arrive safely at destinations. It’s a safe and smart way to track their location while letting them drive distraction free.

Average Rating: 4.8 (589K ratings)
Cost: Free, in-app purchases
Format: App Store, Google Play

Roadtrippers App

#6: Roadtrippers

Roadtrippers is an excellent tool for putting together the best road trip possible. Plan your route, and the app will suggest user-rated roadside attractions. It will also calculate mileage and gas costs as you build your trip. The app also has a few pre-planned routes if you’re looking for suggestions on your next trip. You can also build your trip on their desktop version.

Average Rating: 4.6 (27K ratings)
Cost: 
Free, in-app purchases. Optional $29.99 Roadtrippers Plus Annual Membership
Format: App Store, Google Play

#7: Google Maps

Get real-time GPS navigation with the Google Maps app. It also helps you easily locate food, gas, hotels, and other nearby attractions. When you plug in your destination location, it will calculate a few different routes and ETAs. Additionally, Google Maps can help you find local transit options as well as walking directions.

Average Rating: 4.7 (2.8M Ratings)
Cost: Free
Format: App Store, Google Play

Carpool-Kids App

#8: Carpool-Kids

Carpool-Kids is an app that helps you coordinate carpooling for your kids’ after-school and sports activities. This is particularly helpful if you’re dealing with multiple kids and families. Assign drivers to events, get notifications, sync with your calendar, and more.

Average Rating: 4.7 (4.2 ratings)
Cost: Free, in-app purchases
Format: App Store, Google Play

Lyft App

#9: Lyft

Lyft is an easy way to find an affordable ride within minutes to where you want to go. This is useful if you need an early morning ride to the airport, are traveling in a city that doesn’t have taxis, or you’ve been out partying and need a safe ride home. When you book your ride from the app, you’ll be able to see the cost beforehand.

Average Rating: 4.9 (7.1M ratings)
Cost: 
Free (obviously, you’ll have to pay for rides booked through the app)
Format: App Store, Google Play

MileageTracker App

#10: Mileage Tracker by Driversnote

Mileage Tracker does what it sounds like: helps you track your mileage. This can be useful if you need to track your mileage for work purposes. Simply record your trips and then retrieve the mileage reports whenever you need them. You can also make notes about the purpose of each trip.

Average Rating: 4.7 (5.3K ratings)
Cost:
Free
Format: App Store, Google Play 

WeatherBug App

#11: Weather Bug

While a weather app may not seem relevant to this list, hear us out. Getting alerted of hazardous weather conditions can be critical if you drive often. This is also a good idea if you’re traveling through an area of the country that’s new to you. Weather Bug provides this service. We highly recommend turning the notifications “on” for this one.

Average Rating: 4.7 (714K ratings)
Cost: Free, in-app purchases
Format: App Store, Google Play

EverDrive App

#12: EverDrive

The goal of the EverDrive app is to encourage safer driving. It provides trip summaries and feedback on your driving skills to help you improve. One of the neat features of the app is it encourages friendly competition with friends and family. You can also receive discounts on your insurance for safer driving through the app.

Average Rating: 4.4 (1.7K ratings)
Cost: Free
Format: App Store, Google Play

Insurance Company App

#13: Your Insurance Company’s App

We recommend you add your insurance company’s app to your phone, too. Most of these apps will provide you access to your policy. Some apps may offer additional functions, such as making claims and requesting roadside assistance. When you add the app, make sure to login and check out the features before you need them, such as after a car accident.

Do you have any other recommendations to add to our best driving apps list? 

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