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7 Must-Have Driving Apps for an Easy Commute

7 Must-Have Driving Apps for an Easy Commute

Anyone that has commuted to work knows how much of a drag it can be. However, there is no need to dread your daily commute when you have the right apps installed on your phone. Here are the most useful driving apps available today.

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Waze

Waze is a community-based social networking navigation app. The app connects drivers to other nearby Wazers who are reporting traffic conditions in real-time. You can also receive alerts about incidents or hazards on the road ahead and take hands-off guidance by following routes plotted out for you with voice prompts from your phone’s GPS.

The app is available in English, Spanish, and several other languages. As a result, it’s not uncommon for drivers to report police locations or hazards like an overturned car–saving you the trouble of having to get on your phone while behind the wheel.

Waze also lets you rate routes so that other future users will know which are the fastest and safest.

Smart Dash Cam

Smart Dash Cam is a hands-free video recorder to capture your drive in case of an accident or incident. The app uses the phone’s camera and GPS data to create short videos that you can later access for playback on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites. You never know when something could happen while driving, and with Smart Dash Cam, you’ll be ready to show the world what happened.

Visit GetDismissed.com to see how you can use these feeds to argue your case and get your tickets among other road illegalities resolved. You just never know when such videos could come in handy.

The app is also available in several other languages for an international audience! In addition, the pro version comes with DRM-protected videos that are locked until you transfer them off your device–vital if you want to protect your driving sensitive data from prying eyes.

Travel Bingo

Travel Bingo is a driving game that distracts you from the drudgery of your daily commute. The app features five different games to keep you entertained, including classic bingo and word search puzzles with two difficulty levels–perfect for all ages. 

Travel Bingo also has an auto-pause feature so that it can continue playing without any need for you to touch your phone.

Apple/Google Maps

Apple Maps and Google Maps are two of the most popular map apps available today. Both have their benefits, but Apple has a leg up when it comes to directions–especially with its voice-guided navigation feature that can tell you which turn is coming up next.

You also get points for each time you use this app while driving, encouraging safe driving.

CompareChecker Car Insurance

CompareChecker Car Insurance is an app that lets drivers compare car insurance quotes from several different providers. The application does the work for you, so all you have to do is sit back and wait for your phone to tell you who has the best rates.

You can also sign up for email alerts when they find new deals or set up reminders for yourself if anything changes.

Parkopedia

Parkopedia is an app that contains parking lot information for most major cities in the United States and Canada. The application will show you where a particular garage or public lot is, how much it costs to park there per hour and if any special deals are available, like free hours on Mondays.

You can also narrow your search by area, so you won’t be wasting time looking for that perfect spot.

Parkopedia is a must-have driving app that will save you from circling the block to find parking–especially since it’s available in the App Store and Google Play store, so download yours today!

Petrolprices.com

Petrolprices.com is an app for drivers who want to save money at the pump! It provides you with up-to-date petrol prices from several different providers so that you can easily find the cheapest gas station in your area. 

The application will also show how much cheaper each one is from other stations, and it also contains a number of helpful tools like an easy-to-use map and fuel types.

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We Love Ride-sharing, But It Is Any Safer Than Traditional Transport?

We Love Ride-sharing, But It Is Any Safer Than Traditional Transport?

There’s no doubt that ridesharing has exploded in popularity over the last few years. Uber and Lyft have both seen massive growth in their businesses. And now they are finally beginning to reflect their lofty valuation (which many people believed were excessive). 

Ridesharing is likely to explode in the future as vehicles become more autonomous. In the next five to twenty years, we are likely to see the mass rollout of taxis driven by computers and available through apps. You tap on your phone, and then a taxi in the vicinity will come and pick you up and take you to your destination, perhaps without any driver at all. That’s the promise, anyway. 

Is Ridesharing Safer Than Traditional Transport?

The question of whether ridesharing is safer than other modes of transport is going to become more critical as costs come down. Some analysts believe electric vehicles and autonomy could make the cost-per-mile of ridesharing half that of a contemporary motor vehicle. The technology, therefore, is likely to become dominant in the future. People won’t bother with personal motor vehicles if they know they can get an Uber at half the costs 

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Even so, risks remain. Ridesharing companies do an excellent job of vetting their drivers, but they’re not perfect. And even if the cabby is a professional, they can still make mistakes in the course of their work, putting people at risk. 

Remember, these ridesharing services are a tool people can use to get around the high fares charged by licensed taxi services. The idea is to make city transport cheaper and more sustainable. But that means that you now have many people who have nothing more than a driving license, ferrying people around. And it is leading to added risks for passengers. 

The good news is that the legal profession is getting on top of the problem. You can now recover the following damages if taking a ridesharing service causes injury: lost wages, medical costs, future medical care, and future lost wages. Thus, if a drivers’ negligence causes damage to you, you’re able to get back all of the money that you would have lost otherwise, and sometimes more. 

The question of whether ridesharing is safer than traditional transport is difficult to answer. There are pros and cons to each. The most common belief, however, is that it is more dangerous because of the degree of autonomy drivers have. 

For instance, a train driver is less likely to make mistakes, even if they are fatigued or drunk. An Uber driver, by contrast, always has to have their wits about them. If they lose concentration, they may shunt the car in front, causing whiplash, or skid off the road if they speed too fast around a corner. 

Poor vehicle maintenance is another issue with which passengers must contend. Ridesharing “partners,” as the industry calls them, spend most of their time out on the road. Sometimes, they don’t have the time or inclination to service their vehicles, and something can go wrong. 

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