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In the good old days all you needed for a road trip was a car, some buddies, and a sense of adventure. Even a map was optional.
These days you can have it so much easier with the latest downloadable apps at your fingertips telling you everything from where to sleep to providing your tunes. Here is AllCarTech's run-down of the apps you need for your next epic road trip.
Who needs a huge collection of CDs taking up valuable space in your car when all you need is a smartphone equipped with Pandora, offering free personalized internet radio? Just type in one of your favourite artists and Pandora can do the rest, selecting songs from other artists you might like. Perfect for giving your journey a driving music soundtrack.
Waze claims to make commuting fun... so imagine how fun it could be on a road trip! Using your phone's GPS function, it can navigate you to wherever you want to go, as well as generating real-time traffic and road reports, offering alternative routes and even connecting you with social networking and other Waze users.
We all know how dangerous it is having too many gadgets to concentrate on, and you really don't want to be trying to type on your phone as you speed along. So how can you stay up-to-date with your Facebook feed, for example? Aha lets you listen to your feed and update it with voice commands, letting you keep your hands on the wheel. You can listen to Tweets too, or the latest episode of a podcast.
As with Aha above, DriveSafe.ly helps prevent potential accidents caused by the distraction of receiving emails or text messages on the move. It can read them out to you, and you can even set it up to respond automatically so your contact knows you're driving. If you've not got other people in the car to do the job for you, DriveSafe.ly could be a lifesaver.
GasBuddy.com is great - Want to know where the cheapest gas near you is? This is the website you want to go to. Now, you don't even need the website, as the Gas Buddy app can bring the convenience to your phone. Perfect for travelling across country, so you can locate the cheapest stations rather than paying over the odds. As gas prices increase, every cent saved matters!