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The Ultimate Road Trip Guide: Part 4 – Essential Road Trip Apps & Gadgets

July 20, 2015

With the car packed up and tank filled with fuel, you might think you’re all set for your road trip – but by taking the time to download some handy apps or invest in some essential gadgets, you can make sure your journey runs a whole lot smoother. Whether you’re the sort of traveller who gets lost or you can’t live without your smartphone, there’s a trusty piece of tech to help you every step of the way.

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Whether you’re planning a trip through the British countryside or heading overseas in search of pastures new, we’ve gathered together some essential road trip apps and gadgets to help you make the most of your travelling experience.



Image courtesy of Navdy

If you’re heading out on a long journey, you may be without access to your phone for hours at a time – but what if an important call or message comes through and you’re unable to pull over? This is where Navdy comes in. For those travelling alone, Navdy is the ultimate road trip companion – using a transparent Head-Up Display (HUD) to project everything from your Sat Nav route to Facebook notifications onto the screen in front of you. Thanks to voice recognition, you can call, text or tweet and your hands never have to leave the wheel – allowing you to keep in regular contact with friends and family while ensuring your eyes remain firmly focused on the road at all times.


If you’re road tripping around Britain and venturing into new cities, you’ll welcome a tour guide with insider knowledge. The Urbanspoon app works by scanning your location and finding nearby bars, restaurants and more. From types of entertainment to searching by reviews, there’s a whole host of information available at your fingertips. So whether you’re on the hunt for the best burger in Bristol or a cocktail in London, Urbanspoon has the inside scoop and will set you on the right path.

Google Maps

Whether you’re navigating your way around Britain or touring across Europe, with miles of road ripe for the exploring, you’ll want to make sure you’re armed with a trusty map. Thanks to technology, the days of trying to decipher illegible road maps are behind us and we can now put our faith in the ever-reliable Google Maps app. With live traffic data assisting you on every step of your journey, you can alter your route on the road – avoiding major delays and traffic build up. With Google Maps guiding you, you needn’t worry about taking a wrong turning or getting lost in unfamiliar territory – meaning you can enjoy every moment of your road trip.


All set? If you’re looking for more driving assistance, you can check out a few more of our favourite travel apps – or if you’re ready to hit the road, check out part 5 of our Ultimate Road Trip Guide.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.