Find a mechanic, a parking spot, lunch, and a flat fix, all in seconds without leaving the driver's seat
If you've ever spent more than five minutes circling for a spot, you've probably dreamed up something like parkinmydriveway.com. Thankfully actual programmers have had that thought too and there is indeed an app for that. From on-demand valet service to finding the nearest exit with a Taco Bell, improving your driving experience these days requires little more than the thing you're already carrying in your pocket —a smartphone. See our seven favorites here.
Using a small and a smartphone app, turns any car into a "smart car." Once connected the app gamifies driving to unlock performance and cost savings, not to mention good vibes by making your car greener by providing driving efficiency feedback. It can also automatically alert friends and family, as well as 911, if you're in an accident. And last but not least, it delivers diagnostics so you know whether or not you have a shady mechanic.
makes reliable roadside service available on-demand. Connect with service professionals with a few taps on the app and monitor the progress of help that's on the way, or simply search for close by tow trucks and shops with the real time-updated map. Plus it's Pay-per-use, so there's no annual membership fees and you'll see no charges until service is complete.
Nothing beats turning up your favorite song while you're cruising and with the free app you can do it without looking at your phone. The gesture-based music player has a simple, visual interface that integrates seamlessly with Apple Music, so navigating your tunes involves little more than a swipe—saving you time and frustration and keeping everyone in your vehicle, and on the road around you, safe.
Road trips got a little easier with the arrival , a free app that tells you what's coming up when driving on the interstate. Browse through highway-based destinations including restaurants, gas, coffee and other destinations, or use the search function to satisfy that craving for a Double Decker Taco. The simple interface, which has both list and map view functions, makes this an effortless travel companion.
Easing some of the headaches of driving in cities, allows you to beckon a valet who will meet you at your location, park your car in a secure lot, and deliver it back to you when you're ready. Drivers can also request to have their car returned washed and filled with gas. The 18-month-old parking service has more than 500 valets in Los Angeles, New York and four other major U.S. metro areas, with more sure to come.
Other maps might be able to get you there but can they get you home when you're out of cell phone range? 's free downloadable maps provide turn-by-turn voice directions, even without an Internet connection, making rural and international travel less of a stress. With a team helmed by NASA and TomTom vets, and over 30 years of mapmaking experience, you can be sure that Here will get you there.
For those who prefer the scenic route, is a free app that helps drivers find the most beautiful, fun routes—not just the shortest. Users contribute their favorite routes and with Yelp integration you can either pick a destination to find the most scenic way to get there or find a good spot to eat along the route you've already chosen.
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