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Published on Sep 16, 2016 by Edgar Snyder

The Best Apps for All Drivers

Nearly every day we hear about new mobile apps that have been introduced to the smartphone world.

Regardless of what type of vehicle you drive — or how often your tires hit the road — constantly evolving technology can help enhance your driving experience and, in some instances, keep you safer on the road.

Here are some apps we thought should be on your radar:

Apps for Truck Drivers

For professional truck drivers, navigating to the right location by a deadline is critical. To help reduce the chances of getting lost, which can increase fatigue and emotion, we have found some great apps that can help make work on the road safer and easier.

  • Overdrive's Trucker Tools — This app can be used to view the weather forecast, locate rest stops, find fuel stations, map a trip, and more.
  • Big Road — With the help of this app, truck drivers can view maps that indicate traffic; document, capture and send reports; and view truck-specific routing for trips.
  • Waze — The interface of this app is detailed and user-friendly. Drivers can view exactly what obstacles may lie in their path and find a new route with a few clicks.

Apps for Motorcyclists

Whether it's hopping on a motorcycle for a quick ride out of town, or planning a cross-country excursion, these apps can be great tools to make the trip even better and safer.

  • Eat Sleep Ride — Use this app to track, save, and share rides. Our favorite part about this app is the CRASHLIGHT feature, which can use the motorcycle's accelerometer to detect a motorcycle crash, and instantly send an emergency alert to the pre-selected contacts along with the exact location.
  • Best Biking Roads — If destination riding is your goal, this app can provide photos, videos, and reviews from other motorcyclists who have visited numerous locations around the U.S.

Apps for Bicyclists

Pedaling across town or along a trail can be a fun and tiring workout for anyone.

  • Dark Sky — There's nothing more frustrating than getting caught in the rain, but for a cyclist, this can get dangerous. Oil residue from cars can wash onto the road, compromising bike safety. With the help of this app, cyclists can view down-to-the-minute weather forecasts and information about UV rays.
  • CAA Bike Safety App — This app is an educational tool that provides information to cyclists about rules of the road and safety guidelines. Users can even take quizzes to test their knowledge of bicycle safety.

Apps to Combat Distracted Driving

Distracted driving can be a threat to the safety of drivers, riders, passengers, and others on the road.

Each day more than eight people are killed and 1,100 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.

Here are some apps that can be used to help reduce or eliminate distracted driving:

  • Wonder — Users of this app can turn on the tool once they begin driving, and a message will be sent to contacts uploaded to the app to make them aware that the user is behind the wheel. This can help prevent others from calling or texting drivers when they are on the road.
  • Drive Beehive — Chosen by the Department of Motor Vehicles as its top pick for distracted driving, this app can connect with sponsors (family, friends, etc.) who can set rewards for safe miles driven. This can encourage users to be safer on the road and not pick up their phones. This app is a must for parents of teen drivers.
  • AT&T's DriveMode — Once activated, this app can block texts and phone calls when a driver is on the road. This free app is available on the Android and iPhone marketplace.

Smartphone applications can be wonderful tools to help drivers get to their destinations safely and promote the safety of others as well. While apps should never be used while you're behind the wheel — there are apps you can use when you are pulled over or out of the vehicle that help inform and keep you safe.

At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we have seen some tragic accidents result from texting or talking on the phone while operating a vehicle. It is our hope that these app technology advancements can be used to help make the roads safer for everyone.

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