If you’re going on a road trip you need all the essentials: some snacks, great tunes, a car, and a few good friends – or your family – to go along with you.
You’ll also likely be bringing your smart phone. It’s useful for storing music, checking maps, and you may also need it for communication purposes – that is after all what phones were originally intended to do!
There are also lots of great apps for the iPhone & Android that you can use on your next road trip and we’ve reviewed a few of the better ones.
Applications for Smart Phones to Use in Road Trips
More important than anything else on a road trip is the ability to find a bathroom when you need one.
Sit or Squat is an app, available to Blackberry and iPhone users, allowing them to find public bathrooms by searching zip codes, intersections, and by looking at locations closest to them. It has hours of the facilities as well as reviews so you’ll know which bathrooms to avoid and which ones are sparking clean.
Getting a speeding ticket on a road trip is the worst. Trapster helps you find speed traps and red-light cameras along your route. We don’t recommend you speeding all over the country but we also don’t want you to get a ticket if you’re going 5 over the speed limit.
Trapster is another user submitted app that takes into account some 500,000 submissions into it’s database. There are even law-enforcement units, such as the Sheriff’s Office in Travis County that have inputed their own speed trap details into the database. They submitted their area in a bid to get people to slow down.
The driving portion of a road trip is sometimes the best part so make sure you don’t drive like a maniac but also make sure you avoid any tickets with the Trapster app.
This app likely has one of the worst names of any recent apps but don’t judge a book by it’s cover. AAA TripTik is really useful and you don’t even need to be a member of AAA to take advantage of all the features it provides.
These features include turn-by-turn voice directions, great maps, and listings of hotels, restaurants, and businesses that are AAA-approved and happen to be along your driving path. You can also check gas prices along the way – just like another gasoline app, Gas Buddy. There is also a great upgrade for GPS-enabled roadside assistance but that is going to cost you a little extra.
Chances are you know a lot of great local restaurants in your neighborhood and even your city but when you’re on a road trip you might be visiting cities you’ve never been to before. This is where Yelp comes in handy. You’re not a local when you’re on a road trip so you have to trust other locals’ reviews to help guide your way to a tasty meal. Yelp has you covered and it allows you to search venues by category or to find the restaurants, bars, and other businesses that are nearby.
The website relies heavily on user contributions so some less-travelled areas will have less reviews but larger towns and cities should have lots of great reviews to help guide you to delicious meals. You can get the Yelp application for your BlackBerry, Android, iPhone and Palm Pre too. You better bring your appetite on this road trip.
Author Bio:- This is a guest post by Mike Foss. He likes contributing guest posts about traveling, cheap car rentals, road trips, backpacking and other travel related topics for Car Rental Express.