Tired of unexpectedly getting caught in excessive traffic? There are several driving navigation apps available that simplify getting around. Below are just a few of the options available to download:
Every iPhone comes with Apple Maps built into it, which makes it the default system when tapping on map links inside other opened apps. Apple Maps works seamlessly in the phone’s background and can continue providing updates even with a locked screen. The newer iOS 10 has a complete redesign with Hooked apps right into Maps, which can be integrated with Siri for voice-aided travel assistance.
As the largest and most detailed search engine in the world, Google features one of the best apps for showing various routes to the same destination, complete with an ETA for each. Google Maps breaks routes down for those traveling by car, foot, bicycle or public transit a voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigational instruction, including the locations of nearby businesses and attractions.
MAPS.ME is a free service featuring highly reliable, detailed maps, complete with turn-by-turn navigation instructions. It also shows the locations for point of interest, like restaurants and historic sites, which can be bookmarked and shared later with others via social media or text message.
This offline GPS navigation app features several unique user-friendly tools and may pique the interest of those interested in saving their phone data. To get started, users will need to install and run the Sygic app on their mobile device. Then they’ll be asked to download maps specific to their location, including detailed versions. Some interesting features include:
- 2D and 3D maps of North America as well as other global destinations
- Alternative travel paths to avoid traffic delays
- Live status reports on police activity, car accidents and more
- Real-time updates on the shortest routes to a specific destination
- A locator for gas stations offering special promotions and discounts
Waze is a community-based GPS navigation app that allows users to share traffic updates for roads they’re traveling on with other drivers, along with informative details about local attractions and businesses. The app helps drivers avoid congested or closed roads, while providing the shortest alternative routes available. Status updates include impending travel delays like accidents, speed traps and construction zones.
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