Smartphone Apps to Help Drivers Stay Safe

There is no doubt that smartphones and smartphone apps have made our lives much easier. We can do everything from talking, texting, emailing, shopping, taking photos and videos, engaging with others on social media, and looking up all kinds of information. Smartphones also offer a variety of ways to keep drivers safe on the road, whether it’s finding a new route because of bad weather or avoiding traffic jams, there is likely an app for whatever information you need.

The following are some of the most common apps that drivers use to help with safety. Always keep in mind, however, that if you do plan to use these apps, never use them while actively driving. Whatever information you need to access, do so before you actually begin your trip, whether it’s across town or across the state. If you do need to check for information on an app while you are driving, make sure you are stopped and parked in a safe area first.


Aceable helps people improve their driving skills. The app offers online driving courses that are designed by education professionals. The courses are interactive, with videos and quizzes. The courses help drivers improve their defensive driving skills, navigate through traffic, or drive in bad weather.


GasBuddy is a navigation and travel app that helps drivers save money on gas, eliminating the need to drive around looking for a gas station, especially in unfamiliar areas. The app offers a variety of services, including:

  • Finding a gas station
  • Comparing gas prices at stations in the area you are in
  • Shows consumers the availability of units and lines at gas pumps
  • Provides gas station ratings
  • Provides photos of gas stations
  • Finding electric vehicle charges


The goal of the LifeSaver app is to stop distracted driving before accidents occur. The app is used by both families and companies to break drivers of dangerous distracted driving behaviors. The app stays silent but blocks phone use when the person is driving. The app can be disabled if the driver is using the GPS monitoring system. The app will also let families and friends know when the driver has arrived at their destination – an especially welcome feature for parents of teen drivers.


Waze provides turn-by-turn navigation information and user-submitted travel times and route details while downloading location-dependent information. Drivers can also find up-to-date traffic and weather information on the app. Waze provides drivers with the ability to set the app to their preferences, such as finding routes that will avoid tolls and highways.


Roadtrippers is the perfect app for long trips. Just enter where you want to start and finish your road trip, and then discover the “coolest ‘off the beaten path’ places along the way.” The app allows users to map their trip out with searchable items, like hotels, restaurants, and other places to stop. Roadtrippers also provides users with reviews of these locations, which can be really helpful – and safe – for traveling in areas the user is unfamiliar with. The app can even estimate how much gas a user will need for their trip so they can budget the amount ahead of time.

Have You Suffered Car Accident Injuries?

Unfortunately, no app can be 100 percent effective in protecting us from bad drivers. If you have been injured in a crash, contact a Virginia Beach car accident attorney to see what type of financial damages you may be entitled to. The legal team from Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp has been advocating for injured clients since 1985 and will do all we can to ensure you receive the best possible outcome under the circumstances of your case. If you would like to meet with one of our skilled Virginia personal injury attorneys to find out how we can help, call our office today for a free case evaluation.