A new batch of freeware apps are helping drivers choose music, beat traffic and tackle emergencies.
Think Google Maps has got all your driving situations covered? Maybe not. You can get more mileage out of your smartphones with these handy apps that can straighten out your daily driving woes. And you don’t even have to spend a paisa to download these apps, which are available for iOS and Android devices.
A number of situations could render you temporarily unfit for driving — an impromptu drinking plan, for instance, in which case, hiring a driver is the most responsible thing to do. Unfortunately, not all bars offer driver services for their patrons. This hire-a-driver app operates just like any cab-service app, giving you information about the driver and his location. Available in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai.
In situations that need police assistance, apps like Citizen COP will help you make emergency calls, alert your loved ones of your location, and report thefts. If you find yourself in a situation where your car goes missing, you can check if it has been towed away. And in the event of your having to hire a taxi or an auto rickshaw, you can use the app to calculate your fare by keying in your destination.
Medical emergencies while on the road are serious, especially if your doctor is miles away. Practo gives you the address, work timings and specialisation of doctors closest to your location. The information will be tagged to Google Maps, so you can reach there as fast as possible without having to waste precious time asking for directions.
With this app, which can give you a bird’s eye view of the road ahead, you don’t need a local radio station to get real-time traffic updates. It also gives you an ‘accident ahead’ alert, information on where to park your car and even possible parking fees.
Soundcloud lets you play playlists and genres depending on your mood. Ideal for those who are always on the lookout for new artists, the app is best used with a music system that
connects to your phone via Bluetooth or USB.
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