7 Road Trip Tech Tips
Your gas tank is full, your bags are packed, and your destination is set, but before you head off on an epic adventure, make sure you check out this list of road trip tech tips that are sure to put your drive on cruise control.
1. HOME SECURITY
Nothing ruins a road trip faster than worrying about whether you left a door unlocked, so before you head out, be sure to install a home security system. Ideally, you'll want one that works with your smartphone, so you can check in on your pad whenever you feel so inclined. Here are the Top 10 Best Home Security Systems according to consumersadvocate.org. They're a great way to pack a little something extra for you trip, namely peace of mind.
2. RADAR DETECTOR
If you’ve got a bit of a lead foot, then a radar detector might be a step in the right direction. But before you go rushing out to pick one up, and don't rush we wouldn't want you getting a speeding ticket, keep in mind these little pieces of technology aren't legal in every state.* Not to mention they cost a pretty penny, but for those of you on a budget, here's a few under $100, which is way cheaper than a speeding ticket.
*Several states have laws regarding the use of radar detectors. To see if your state is one of them, click here.
3. ROAD TRIP PLAYLIST
No road trip is complete, or frankly should even begin, without the proper playlist. Of course, with thousands of road trip worthy songs out there, it can be difficult to choose what to listen to. Luckily, Spotify went full throttle to solve this problem. They analyzed almost 120,000 user generated playlists to determine the 500 most popular road trip songs. From there they reduced the list even further, finding the top 200 hundred songs and dividing them across these four outstanding playlists:
If one of these playlists doesn't "get your motor runnin" then try books on tape, which will surely help pass the time.
Accidents! Construction! Traffic Jams...Oh my!
These, of course, are just a few of the things you want to avoid when taking a road trip and a great GPS system will help you steer clear of any potential hiccups. WAZE still remains the gold standard. Hailed by Men's Journal as "The App that Changed Driving for the Better," it puts other drivers data to work for you, creating a community of responsible road reporters that'll help you reach your destination safe and sound.
5. GAS APP
Unless you're lucky enough to own a Tesla, eventually you're going to have to fill up your tank. And when you do, an app like GasBuddy is going to be your best friend. By crowd-sourcing prices from other drivers, it let's you easily locate the cheapest gas in your area, helping you save each time you hit the pump. What's better than arriving at you destination with a little more coin in your pocket?
*Apps like Spotify, Waze and Gas Buddy should only be used by a passenger or when your car is not in motion. SAFETY FIRST!
6. CAR LOCATOR
Eventually you're going to reach your destination, and if that destination is the Mall of America, an NFL Stadium or Disneyworld, there's a good chance that you'll be leaving your car in a giant, confusing, parking lot.
But now finding your car is easy thanks to My Car. This simple smartphone app will lead you right back to where you left your vehicle, while helping you avoid the embarrassment of trying to stick your keys in someone else's ride.
7. EVUTEC AFIX SYSTEM
The best way to keep all of this incredible road trip technology at your fingertips is to make sure your smartphone remains within arms reach. So before you head out on the road, be sure to pick up our revolutionary Evutec AFIX System. Now included with two of our new iPhone 7 lines, the AER and AERGO, it's a combination of a seamless magnetic strip built within the case and a magnetic vent mount that is sure not to fall off. No more fumbling around with extra pieces, just buckle up, clip in and go!