A road trip can be exhausting – especially if you’re carrying kids on board. Fortunately, there are lots of apps available that can make your car journey easier and more entertaining. Here are just a handful of apps worth equipping your phone with next time you hit the road.
Finding the cheapest fuel
Most of us will do anything to avoid paying rip-off prices for petrol. On a roadtrip, not knowing the area can make it difficult to know the average fuel price. Thankfully, there are now a number of apps on the market such as WhatGas that show you all the nearest stations, whilst also identifying the fuel price of each one so that you can get the best deal. Those wanting to save money on their car journey should definitely look into this.
Avoiding police traps
We all know that it’s not good to speed, but knowing where the cameras and speed bumps are can be handy. If you’ve got a habit for being a little too heavy on that gas pedal and want to avoid getting a speeding fine, an app like Trapster is what you need. This app also has the handy feature of being able to mark obstacles for other drivers to avoid such as roadkill, accidents and hidden police cars.
Finding a hotel/place to eat
For those long-haul road journeys, finding somewhere to sleep late at night can be a real mission. Save spending an hour driving around an unfamiliar town by downloading an app such as Hotel Tonight that can notify you of all the cheapest places to stay. Meanwhile, if you need to refuel your stomachs with food on the road, there are a number of apps such as Roadfood that can make sure you don’t get hungry.
For entertaining the passengers, getting some movies and TV shows to watch on a tablet or smartphone can be handy. You can now literally get the show on the road with a number of movie and TV streaming apps that give you the freedom to choose whichever film or program you fancy watching at the time. In most cases, you’ll need to download an APK file onto your device, which could require freeing up a bit of memory on your phone or tablet. You can click here to download the APK or shop around for other movie/TV streaming apps.
There are all kinds of family-friendly game apps that can turn a tedious car journey into a fun occasion. These include games such as Heads Up and a number of scavenger hunt games. There are also numerous games that you can play with number plates. Meanwhile, if you simply want to keep the kids preoccupied without having to get involved, there are hundreds of single-player games available. Of course, you don’t always need a smartphone and apps to have fun on a car journey and there are lots of traditional games such as I Spy that might be just as entertaining.