If you can think of it, it’s pretty much guaranteed that there’s an app for it. There are many ways that you can take advantage of your smartphone technology to enhance your driving experience. Here are some apps that can help you both on and off the road.

Dash Cam

With a dash camera, you can record the road ahead of you while you drive, checking for either driving habits or allowing you to record an accident as it happens, protecting you from faulty claims should you need it. Fortunately, with the right app, your smartphone can serve as your dash cam whenever you get behind the wheel. Apps like Witness Driving records right through your windshield and also picks up vital data such as time, speed, GPS position and G-forces in a rolling loop that won’t cause a strain to your battery life. When you’re using this app, it records all of this information, and in the event of an accident, you’ll have a full report, including the exact location of the accident. AutoGuard Dash Cam, another dash cam app, allows you to post videos to YouTube, including captions with date and time information.

Traffic and Navigation

It’s pretty safe to say that traffic is universally loathed by all. So why not stack the deck in your favor with an app that details how congested the roads will be on your route before you find yourself stuck in gridlock? With Waze, you’ll find traffic and navigation information that is compiled by users in your area. As the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app, Waze offers you real-time traffic information when you need it and it also allows you to connect with friends to coordinate travel and arrival times. Beat the Traffic is also available for both iPhone® and AndroidTM, allowing you to personalize your traffic information to your route.

If you use your phone or tablet for navigational purposes, you may want to consider the Autosleeper Auto Power On-Off app, which ensures that your device goes to sleep whenever the engine shuts down, so you don’t have to worry about powering down or losing precious battery life.

Parking

Digging in the crevices of your car for change is now a thing of the past, thanks to apps like Parkmobile and Honk Mobile. They allow you to pay for your parking from your phone, enabling you to use credit and store payment information for ease of use. They’ll even notify you when time is running out, allowing you to add more time if needed. Wondering how the parking enforcement knows that you’ve paid for your parking? They can access a list of those who’ve used the apps to determine who has and hasn’t paid. As long as you type in all the details correctly, you should be good to go.

Car Accident

Getting into a car accident can be a pretty harrowing experience, so why not give yourself a little help in advance with these helpful apps that can make everything seem a little less chaotic. Help I Crashed My Car has technology that allows you to contact up to three family members or friends, your insurance company, your insurance agent and the mechanic of your choice. In addition, you’ll be able to contact local law enforcement and emergency services, as well as a towing company and body shop.

The Auto Accident App provides live assistance in the event of an auto accident 24/7. The app uses a device that can measure the severity of the accident, automatically calling for help in the event of a major crash. Using GPS technology, your car is located and an operator is in contact with you via streaming video. They’re available to contact emergency personnel as needed and inform you of which steps need to be taken next. The app also creates an accident report detailing the incident and then emails it to the desired parties. For more information, ConsumerReports.org offers a more in-depth review of both apps.

Do you have a go-to smartphone auto app you love? Share with us in the comments below!