Whether you’re lucky enough to bombing down the Sante Fe trail in an open top convertible, or if you’re unfortunate enough to be stuck in peak-time Manhattan gridlock you may want to consider making your life a little bit easier by picking up one of these great apps for your car.


Driving and listening to music go together like two peas in a pod. Practically every car in the world has a stereo, CD player or radio, but unfortunately there’s just no guarantee that the DJ will play the tunes you like. Luckily there’s Spotify now.

Released in 2008 by a Swedish startup company, Spotify is the premium app for music lovers. The Spotify app for smartphones comes in a variety of different forms and is available on most OS’, including Android, Windows and iOS. Spotify allows you to build up your own playlists and can connect you to virtually any track you can think of. With a small monthly subscription and the ability to sync all your music from home to your smartphone, Spotify is the be-all and end-all of music applications, ideal for those on the go and with no need to carry around your old MP3 player

Gas Buddy

Finding the nearest gas station isn’t always easy, nor is finding the cheapest gas station in your area. Luckily now you don’t have to even think about it, all you have to do is download Gas Buddy and it will find them for you.

This great community based app is available on Android, Blackberry and the iPhone. The app is able to take your location and find the nearest gas station, as well as providing you with the latest updated prices. Due to the way the app is community driven, users are able to update new prices and new station locations, as well as earning bonuses each month for those that aid the community the most.

Beat the Traffic

No matter how hard you try you often find yourself running into diversions and full scale gridlock just when you need them the least. Fortunately, you no longer have to fear being late all the time with Beat the Traffic. This great app uses a mixture of traffic cameras, incident reports and live data to compute the latest traffic info.

Once again available on most smartphone platforms, Beat the Traffic allows you to pre-plan and input your most common routes – it will then provide you with up-to-date information on the state of the road and traffic ahead of you. It can also send you emails and SMS messages with alerts, allowing you to change your plans prior to setting off.

Drive smart and be safe on the roads people.

This article was written by John T on behalf of Confused.com, the student insurance comparison site.