Apps to help car travellers
Details Published: Monday, 24 August 2015 02:50 If you are a car traveller, you can take advantage of the increasing number of apps being developed to help you with all aspects of driving, travelling, and getting from A to B in general. These apps can take some of the work out of planning your road trip, help you find cheap fuel, or an accessible car parking spot, or find accommodation that is disability-friendly. There are apps to easily get roadside assistance or even to tell you about things of interest along the way that are worth stopping to look at.
NRMA Roadside Assistance
The new-look mynrma smartphone NRMA app is now available. Log your request for roadside assistance faster and track the patrolman's progress on the map so you can feel safe knowing help is on the way. Even if you don't know exactly where you are, your smartphone's GPS will help NRMA locate you quickly.And now, with your membership card details stored in the app, you have instant access to great savings at a range of More4Members partners such as Repco, Snooze, OPSM and more. It is important to note that while the mynrma smartphone app is free to download on your smartphone device, as with all apps, your mobile network provider charges you for accessing data on your phone. You should contact your provider to find out more about the rates charged or refer to your mobile phone plan.
This is a fantastic travel app. Wherever you want to go in Australia, simply enter your start and destination and click the 'Plan my Trip' button.
You can confirm or vary Google's suggested route, and your personal Itinerary will be created with driving times between towns. Then browse the ‘Attractions and Events’ listings that will display entries for the regions you'll be travelling through.
TripPlan, will list the festivals, shows, tourist attractions and events that are taking place along your route or a short drive away. This free tool can be set up on any device with internet access and then used along the way.
As with any function on your phone, stop the car and park before using an app, or get a travelling companion to use it for you if you do not have a hands-free setup established.
Find a Caravan Park
For those travelling around Australia in a campervan, knowing where to find caravan and camp sites can be a huge weight off your mind. Find a Park has a vast listing of these sites across Australia. It lists features of parks such as if they are disability-friendly and those that will allow you to bring your pets, for example.
There are maps to show you how to get there and details of the facilities, prices and availability. The app is available from the iTunes store, and for those embarking on a major journey, it could be a real stress saver.
ParkMe might be helpful in finding an available car parking spot in a big city. It shows parking stations in city underground carparks and hotels which allow paid public parking. This might save you the time of driving round in endless loops, and be especially handy when going to a popular event or an area you're unfamiliar with. The app is available for free, both on Apple and Android devices. It is reasonably useful, although you have to drive to the actual carpark/building to check if a spot is really available, as obviously you can’t phone a carpark to check.
It's all well and good finding a car parking spot in a busy city, but it's not always so easy once you try and remember where that darn parking spot was. If you've ever walked around the different floors of a carpark, or wandered aimlessly along rows and rows of cars parked in a supermarket carpark, trying to remember where your car is, then iFindMyCar, an Apple app, might be for you. When you park your car, simply press a button on the app and your phone will remember the location of your car. When you need to find it again, bring up the app and it'll direct you towards your car then vibrate when you get close. That’s the theory, anyway. As with all apps, it is a good idea to read as many user reviews as possible to find out how effective the app has been in real-life situations and what the limitations are – for example, many car locating apps do work in underground carparks.
For a selection of other Apple car finding apps:
For a selection of Android car finding apps:
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