The first day of summer is officially June 21, but many people start celebrating summer as soon as Memorial Day weekend in May. Summertime means ice cream, watermelon, cherries, barbecue, swimming, vacations and road trips.
If you’re taking a long trip this summer, make sure you have these apps on your phone or tablet. They’re listed in order by importance. Gas is first, entertainment is last. You’ll notice there’s no music app. I know, it’s not a road trip without tunes, but who doesn’t have thousands of songs saved onto their phone already?
Trust me, this list will just add to the pleasure of your trip. You’ll thank me later.
The price of gas varies depending on the area you’re in. Outside of major cities, like Chicago, gas can get up to or be higher than $4 a gallon. If you’re in another country, you may be paying double or triple that price.
Gasbuddy tells you the cheapest place to get gas in your area. It can save you literally hundreds of dollars, especially if you’re driving an SUV or a minivan. But even if your gas guzzler is something a little bit smaller, you still need to find a place for reasonably priced gas.
This app works by location, so no matter where you are, you’ll be able to see which gas station has the best prices.
Unfortunately, you can’t schedule a time for your vehicle to start acting up on you. It seems to do it at the most inappropriate times – especially during a road trip.
You need an app for roadside assistance. Fun fact: if you lock your keys in your car, blow a tire or need a jump, your insurance is not going to cover that.
Jrop is a roadside assistance app that covers some of the most common problems drivers’ experience. You download the app, pick your problem, pay for the service, and then wait for the professional to arrive. Once they do, they fix the problem and you’re on your way.
The technicians are insured, so if something goes wrong, you’re covered.
One of the best parts of a trip is making pit stops.
iExit is one of the best apps for this. It tells you exactly what lies ahead of you, which exit you should get off at and what kind of money you can expect to spend. It also integrates seamlessly with Yelp and GasBuddy, which means you, can get everything you need to know about a business from one app.
Pretty nice, right?
#4: Trivia Crack
Take turns trying to get the right answers to random questions from categories like science, sports, entertainment, and history.
Trivia Crack is a ton of fun and can be played by you, with a group, or with people on Facebook. The combination of adorable cartoons, strange facts, and pop culture references make it a perfect gaming app for everyone traveling with you.
Netflix has been bringing back all of our favorites from our childhood: Peabody & Sherman, MST3K, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. They’ve got a nice eclectic mix of old and new and literally something for the whole family. Their kid’s section is pretty diverse, and there are always good movies on there that appeals to every generation.
Their new rating system allows you to rate something simple: just vote thumbs up for a like, or thumbs down for a dislike. No more stars. That and the fact that they’re constantly adding new stuff make this the perfect app for people who love constant engagement.