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Top 20 Driving Apps

24 Jul 2012 at 12:28

By Sean Carson

We have to embrace advances in technology throughout the motoring world all the time. So why not get a little helping hand from your mobile device?

There are plenty of apps out there these days to improve our driving and make life as a car owner easier – just remember not to use them behind the wheel or you could risk three points on your licence and a £60 fine.

Here are 20 (there were too many good ones to limit to 10) of the best driving apps around:

1. DriveGain

This is a great little app that helps you save fuel – and therefore money – while you’re driving. You get audio and visual feedback on the changes you make to your driving style in order to improve efficiency. According to data from DriveGain app users, driving at 60mph instead of 70 could improve fuel consumption by 10% and only add two minutes to journey times.

Price: Free

Available from: Apple App Store

2. RAC Traffic and RAC Traffic+

This comprehensive traffic information app is displayed on a great interactive map that gives you real-time road works, incident and traffic information, highlighting the differing degrees of severity, too. The Traffic+ version adds a route planner, route optimisation and a step-by-step itinerary: all valuable stuff.

Price: Traffic – free, Traffic+ – 69p

Available from: Apple App Store, Google Play for Android

3. Petrol Prices Pro

With fuel prices soaring in 2012, we all want to find the cheapest places to fill up to squeeze those extra few pence out of a tank of fuel. With this app you can. Petrol Prices Pro gives you your location and details – including fuel prices – of nearby filling stations. With costs varying by as much as 10p per litre between town and motorway filling stations, you could recoup the price of the app in just one fill-up.

Price: £2.99

Available from: Apple App Store, Google Play for Android

4. iCarPark

Do you struggle to remember where you parked your car? Fear not, iCarPark is here to help. With one press of a button, this handy app logs your location so it can navigate you back to your car later – it’ll even remember levels and individual spaces, so multi-stories aren’t a problem either.

Price: 59p

Available from: Apple App Store

5. TomTom

The TomTom smartphone app perfectly replicates the route guidance you get from one of its standalone devices, with an intuitive interface and directions that are easy to follow. Compared to some apps in our list it’s expensive, but next to a standard sat nav, it’s actually something of a bargain. There’s UK and Ireland and European versions for those holidays abroad, too.

Price: £50

Available from: Apple App Store

6. Auto Trader Mobile

Time for a change of car? Auto Trader Mobile will trawl the nation’s largest classified catalogue according to your search criteria to find the new car that best suits your needs. Available as an app, it means you can do it on the move, too, with mapping to show the location of each vehicle for sale. We’re not responsible for any impulse purchases…

Price: Free

Available from: Apple App Store, Google Play for Android

7. Glass’s Motoring Guide

If you’re after a new car, the chances are you’ll want to know how much your current vehicle is worth. Glass’s Motoring Guide can help you with a valuation on you’re motor before listing it for sale, as well as telling you how much that new car you’re looking at is really worth. And it’s all for free.

Price: Free

Available from: Apple App Store, Google Play for Android

8. Ordnance Survey GB Road Atlas

Sat navs are all well and good, but you should always keep a map just in case. The Ordnance Survey app gives clear road mapping without the need for a difficult to manage sheet of paper. Folding is a thing of the past here, just make sure you’ve got enough battery on your phone. It’s good for planning walks along your route, too.

Price: Free

Available from: Apple App Store, Google Play for Android

9. Taxi Taxi

If you’ve driven to an event but had one more drink than anticipated, do the sensible thing: leave your car there and call a cab. Taxi Taxi uses your smartphone’s GPS system to find the nearest taxi firm to your location so you can get home safely.

Price: Free

Available from: Apple App Store

10. Witness Driving

Apps like this are already big in America. Witness Driving turns your mobile into a video camera to record footage of any incidents you might have on the road. It clamps to the dashboard and automatically saves material that could be used as evidence in an insurance claim, clearing you of any wrongdoing. It’ll also prompt you on what to do if you’re involved in a collision.

Price: 69p

Available from: Apple App Store, Google Play for Android

11. GloveBox

This app is a wonderfully simple way of keeping all your info in one easy to access and easy to modify directory. Forget the sheaves of paper for tax, insurance and MOT reminders, GloveBox logs your car’s data (you can store more than one car’s worth of info, too) and alerts you when there’s a significant event due in your car’s life, such as an annual service or even when your driving licence expires.

Price: 69p

Available from: Apple App Store

12. Vital Travel App Auto

This handy little app is great for company car users especially – the software will track your fuel usage and work out your costs per mile, as well as keeping track of maintenance, insurance, leasing and other miscellaneous costs. With a travel calculator and vehicle log – including itemised reports you can email or print – it’s ideal for taking the hassle out of expenses.

Price: Free

Available from: Apple App Store

13. Miles Km

There are plenty of miles to kilometre conversion apps out there, but most often incorporate other conversion rates too, slowing the process down. Miles Km doesn’t. It’s dedicated to changing imperial distance to metric, meaning it’s lightning quick for when you need (maybe more like want) fast conversions on the move. It’ll surely help with that summer holiday abroad this year.

Price: 69p

Available from: Apple App Store

14. FuelLogPro

Not convinced by the optimistic mpg readout on your car’s trip computer? FuelLogPro can confirm your suspicions. The app tracks your fuel consumption and can then translate that into projected costs at that fuel economy over a given distance, or even a year’s motoring.

Price: £1.69

Available from: Google Play for Android

15. EZCam (first to track speed through specs camera zones)

EZCam marks a first in the motoring app world – the programme is the first of its kind to be able to track you speed through a SPECS camera average speed zone. This makes it a great device for improving your road safety through temporary speed limit areas. The app also gives you a head-up information display – including other fixed safety camera sites and a map view – as well as audible warnings.

Price: £2.49

Available from: Google Play for Android

16. UK Driving Test Flash Cards

There are plenty of apps that care for motorists already holding a full UK licence, but what about for those in the process of gaining one? This revision aid tests you on key areas of the Highway Code, and teaches you about road signs, as well as other vital legal areas any motorist should be aware of. It draws its questions at random too, so there shouldn’t be much repetition.

Price: 99p

Available from: Google Play for Android

17. Torque Pro

Torque Pro is an OBD – or on board diagnostic – tool that can read real time data from your car, such as rpm, speed, 0-62mph time and engine temperature, through its Bluetooth interface. You can even clear fault codes if you’re the inquisitive home mechanic type. If you’re not however, maybe it’s best to leave that sort of thing to a qualified mechanic.

Price: £2.95

Available from: Google Play for Android

18. JamCam

Take a guess what this app is all about? That’s right, JamCam will provide you live traffic camera feeds for over 105 of the UK’s busiest motorways and A roads, as well as all of London’s street cameras. It’ll help you find out when you need to take that diversion to avoid congestion on your route. The pictures should be pretty reliable too, as they’re provided by the Highways Agency and Transport for London.

Price: Free

Available from: Google Play for Android

19. Vlingo Virtual Assistant

You can turn your car into the highest-spec BMW, Mercedes or Audi around with this app. Vlingo is a voice activated assistant for iPhone 3Gs and 4 that lets you dial numbers, integrate with Facebook and Twitter, as well as composing text messages, inputting directions and receiving spoken instructions through its voice recognition software. And it’s free!

Price: Free

Available from: Apple App Store

20. A+ London Journey Planner

This is a great app if you’re planning to visit London during the Olympic games this summer. A+ London Journey Planner will keep you up to date with bus, tube and train services, as well as informing you of any congestion on the roads. It’ll even tell you the next available service to your intended destination from the stop closest to your current location. For more information on driving and travelling in London during the Olympics, check out our top tips.

Price: 77p

Available from: Google Play for Android

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