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When drivers climb behind the wheel of their vehicles these days, chances are good they have a smartphone with them and that’s changing how people travel.

Gone are the days of paper maps and exit roulette for food, fuel and accommodations. Here to stay are the days of the mobile apps that keep you in charge of your journey.

According to IHS Automotive, a global provider of critical information and insight to the automotive industry, consumers downloaded roughly 132 billion mobile apps during 2014. More than 90 percent of the respondents surveyed had downloaded apps to their mobile device.

Consumers most frequently use navigation, weather, music, news, social networking, restaurant, gasoline station and hotel apps. They are using them to chart their course, find the cheapest gasoline, investigate restaurant reviews and find lodging.

Here are a few you might want to check out if you aren’t already using them:
Navigation Tools

GoogleTM Maps – This navigation app not only provides turn-by-turn directions, but it also gives traffic, accident and construction notification.

Maps.Me – This useful navigation app allows you to download highly detailed offline maps for times when you don’t have Internet access.

Waze – Join a community of drivers with this navigation app that turns you on to road condition, accident, police speed trap, routes information and more.

Food, Fuel and Hotels

iExitTM – Using this app, you can get information about hotels, gas stations, rest areas and more at upcoming exits so that you don’t have to regret getting off the highway too soon.

TV Food Maps – This interactive app helps you find eateries that have been featured on various TV shows like Man vs. Food and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

Roadtrippers – This travel app helps you find off-beat attractions, restaurants, popular attractions and more.

Gas Buddy – Find the cheapest gas prices near you using the app.

Yelp – This popular consumer review app can help you find anything including restaurants and hotels, a mechanic and so much more.

Your Martin Auto Color team encourages you to use these mobile apps responsibly as you drive and to check out your local Martin Auto Color location on Yelp.

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