Soaring gas prices, gridlock, and the risk of accidents and breakdowns are just some of the reasons why drivers seem to have lost the joy of the open road. It’s time to take the stress out of driving. Put your mind at ease and relax behind the wheel with some handy iPhone apps. The following apps can help you find the nearest petrol station, shop for the best value petrol, get your car repaired, avoid traffic jams and – most importantly – put the fun back into driving.
Fuel Smart UK ($2.99) gives you access to WhatGas.com’s comprehensive and constantly updated database of the cheapest petrol prices in your area. The great thing about this app is that it is collaborative, so the driving community can input recommendations or warnings about petrol prices for around 9,000 stations across the U.K. Drivers simply fill up at a petrol station and add the price they pay to the Fuel Smart database so others can see the latest, most current price for that station.
You can also use the app to find the nearest petrol station. Once you have chosen the station, you will even receive directions for getting there. What’s not to like?
PetrolPrices Pro ($2.99) from PetrolPrices.com, allows you to input your current location to find the lowest, current petrol prices wherever you are.
The designers claim it is the only iPhone app to give you the exact price of petrol at more than 11,000 petrol stations. One of the great features of PetrolPricesPro is that you can look for stations in a radius of 5,10, 15, or 20 miles, if you’re prepared to go the distance to find the cheapest fuel.
Road to Recovery (free) is the ideal security blanket for anyone who wants to feel safe on the road but can’t afford RAC or AA membership. The Road to Recovery (RTR) iPhone App gives you discounted access to a recovery service near you if your motor breaks down.
It works by means of your phone’s GPS, pinpointing your location and putting you through to RTR’s call centre, which sends out a local recovery company. Free to join, the service aims to make your recovery up to 60% cheaper than contacting a local recovery operator direct.
Rac Traffic (free) gives you a crystal ball so you can view incidents, delays and roadworks across the U.K. before you even set out on your journey. Using a Google Map, the free app means you can look at a specific region or your current location and zoom in for more details on any incident you come across.
AA Breakdown & Traffic (free) is a really useful free app from the AA that fills you in on street-level traffic and also provides roadworks updates. If you’re already a member of the AA it will even identify your precise location, so that if you do break down, you will be able to give the recovery service exact details of where you are.
Aoife O’Carroll is a staff writer for Nova Car Hire, a popular site offering car hire in more than 26,000 locations worldwide. Her dedication to the cause of economical driving compelled her to abandon her dreams of an Aston Martin DB9 and buy a Toyota Corolla instead…