Best Driving Apps for 2015

 

You probably think your smartphone is pretty smart, huh? It can help you book an appointment at a day spa in Mission Viejo, a dinner reservation in Rancho Santa Margarita, and a boat tour in Newport Beach, but does it make your day-to-day life any easier?

At The Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine, we’ve downloaded the best driving apps for 2015 that can take your daily commute to the next level.

GasBuddy

Cost: Free

Platform(s): iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry

If you’ve ever filled up and then saw gas for 10 cents cheaper down the road, then you need the GasBuddy app. This free app helps you find the cheapest gas near you or around any specified location. Plus users are automatically entered for a chance to win $100 in free gas every day. GasBuddy even lets you compete against other users by reporting prices and partaking in fun challenges.

greenMeter

Cost: $5.99

Platform(s): iOS

With a price tag of almost $6, this app lands itself in the higher cost category of iPhone apps. However, users certainly get their money’s worth. By tracking your vehicle’s power and fuel use, the program can provide real-time feedback that can help you reduce fuel consumption, improve efficiency, and lower your impact on the environment. Not to mention that by driving more efficiently, you can save big bucks at the pump. If eco-friendly driving is important to you, this app is a must-have.

Google Maps

Cost: Free

Platform(s): iOS, Android

Just about every smartphone comes with a built-in navigation feature, but we still highly recommend that you check out the Google Maps app. It not only provides you with turn-by-turn navigation for driving, transit, biking, and walking, but it can also help you find new places nearby. Use the street-level view to make sure you’re in the right spot and then check out ratings and reviews to see what other users thought about the place.

Waze

Cost: Free

Platform(s): iOS, Android, Windows Phone

As the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app, Waze can help drivers find the best route with real-time updates from other users. It works by allowing drivers to upload road and traffic information to the map so other motorists can spot construction zones, accidents, and other potential delays, saving you time and gas. The app also lets users post gas prices so you can find the cheapest fuel along your route.

Can’t My Car Do That?

Most new Volkswagen vehicles have been fitted with a powerful infotainment system that’s capable of providing you with helpful navigation, performance stats, and other useful information that can make your drive to work and back a lot easier.

Stop by The Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine and we’d be more than happy to show you exactly what your Volkswagen can do.

Think you know some other best driving apps for 2015? Let us know. We’re always looking for new ways to make driving more enjoyable for our Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach customers.