DRIVING APPS AND SITES
Maintaining an automobile can be a messy and often confusing task. There are crumpled maps, little pads of paper where you track mileage, the sticky note telling you when to get an oil change and the string around your finger reminding you to check the tire pressure. And that’s not even half of the confusion.
But there’s good news. Thanks to the digital revolution, there are a number of ways to make driving and caring for your car more efficient. Nevertheless, a lot of people, particularly baby boomers, have yet to take advantage of these digital breakthroughs. Part of the intimidation is due to the fact that many people simply don’t know where to begin. In order to save you from getting bogged down with all these options, here are five websites and apps you can access from your smart phone or tablet that will make everything from filling up to scheduling an oil change easier than you ever thought possible.
1. Get the best gas prices with Gasbuddy.com.
At some point, nearly everyone has spent time driving around town, looking for the cheapest gas. As a result, you end up burning more money in gas than you save. Gasbuddy.com is an easy way to find the cheapest gas in your area. Just enter your zip code and the website will generate a list of locations and prices near you.
2. Avoid traffic jams with Waze.
If you frequently find yourself trying to guess which route will get you home the fastest, this app is for you. Integrated with Google Maps, Waze not only gives you real-time traffic information, but also factors in accidents and road conditions to find you the quickest route to your destination.
3. Never fall behind on maintenance with Car Minder.
Car Minder registers the model of car you drive, tracks how many miles you drive, then sends you maintenance reminders for such things as an oil change and to check the air pressure in your tires.
4. Take the stress out of auto repairs with Openbay
Finding the right mechanic to fix your automobile can be a headache. With this app, local garages compete to bid on services or repairs, helping you find the shop that fits your budget. Additional ratings and reviews ensure the shop has a reputation you can trust. A huge stress relief!
5. Find the ideal tires at Yokohamatire.com.
Our website is optimized for desktops, tablets and mobile devices and contains a wealth of resources. In just a few clicks, you can search for tires by your preferred criteria, find your closest Yokohama dealer and learn why Yokohama is one of the world's leading tire brands.