26 Nov 2019
Essential smartphone apps for drivers

Essential smartphone apps for drivers

Google Maps aside, there’s a wide world of apps out there to help you on the road, whether you’re behind the wheel for the first time or an experienced driver.

Apps for driving safely

From apps for driving safely to navigation and parking assistance, L-plater logbook support and more, here are seven driving apps to take for a test drive.

1. Waze

Waze1 takes the concept of navigation assistance a step further than Google Maps or Apple Maps by allowing drivers to route their journey based on tips from other drivers. This means alerting and rerouting you around traffic accidents, construction, hazards and police, all in real time.

Cost: Free

Driving in city traffic and playing with a mobile phone in cradle

2. Parkopedia

Born out of a frustration of looking for parking, Parkopedia2 maps and lists over 60 million parking spaces in over 8000 cities around the world. If you’re stuck for a parking spot, Parkopedia allows you to find parking using your current location or by entering an address and see parking space availability in real-time.

Cost: Basic edition free, premium upgrade $7.99 for iOS or $7.49 for Android

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3. Find My Parked Car

We’ve all done it at one time or another: wandered around for far too long wondering where on earth the car is parked. Find My Parked Car3 allows you to avoid that scenario for good by using your phone’s GPS to store your car’s location and leading you back to your vehicle.

Cost: Basic edition free, premium upgrade $2.99 for iOS or $3.59 for Android

4. L2P Learner Log Book

The L2P4 app is a digital logbook with a countdown to motivate learners, real-time tracking and recording of driving sessions, and an online educational platform with video clips for demonstrations. Supervisors and professional instructors can also use it to structure lessons, record achievements and verify driving sessions.

Cost: Free

Find out more about road safety for learner drivers in each state.

City traffic with rear view mirror reflection of a woman driver

5. Fuel Map Australia

Fuel Map5 app is a crowd-sourced database of petrol stations and fuel prices all over Australia. All station information is added and edited by users, so you can view or add current fuel prices, which are then shared with other users of Fuel Map. Locations of petrol stations are shown on the map with the last known fuel price displayed above.

Cost: Basic edition free, premium upgrade $2.99 for iOS and Android

6. SafeDrive: For Teen Drivers

If you have a young driver in the family, SafeDrive: For Teen Drivers6 is the app for you. SafeDrive automatically measures the driver speed and uploads it securely to iCloud, so parents can monitor speed and location. The app also shows the posted speed limit and parents get a notification if the driver exceeds this.

Cost: Basic edition free, premium upgrade $4.49 (iOS only)

Remember it’s illegal to use a hand-held phone while driving, so consider your safety first. Have peace of mind that you’re protected behind the wheel with the insurance coverage. Find out more about QBE car insurance.

3Find My Parked Car
5Fuel Map
6SafeDrive: For Teen Drivers

This advice is general in nature and has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs and may not be right for you. You must decide whether or not it is appropriate, in light of your own circumstances, to act on this advice. To decide if QBE’s products are right for you, please ensure you obtain and consider the Policy Wording or Product Disclosure Statements and Target Market Determinations, available online at QBE.com/au. Insurance issued and underwritten by QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited (ABN 78 003 191 035, AFSL 239545).

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