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Five Driving Apps You Need to Download for Android

If you’re want to make driving easier, read on, as this week Acklam Car Centre reveals five driving apps you need to download for android.

Listen to the Smooth, Dulcet Tones of the Voice Coming Over the Sat Nav.

As a family-owned provider of quality second hand cars, Acklam Car Centre has stood and watched as the world of driving has changed. New technologies have made driving even easier than ever!

Case in point. Where once, the person in the driver’s seat would be left fumbling with a gargantuan fold away map to find their way, now all they need to do is listen to the smooth dulcet phones of the voice coming over the Sat Nav.

Download These Five Apps for an Easier Driving Experience

Which is why it shouldn’t surprise you to discover that there are apps you can download to your smart phone that make it even easier to drive, and at Acklam Car Centre, we suggest that if you’ve got an android, you start by downloading the following five driving apps…

  • Drive Gain: For nothing at all, you can download DriveGain; an app designed to help you save fuel whilst you drive. Use the app’s audio and visual feedback to cut fuel usage in transit, improve efficiency and save money.


  • Tom Tom: You’ve guessed it, there’s now a Sat Nav app, meaning you don’t have to pay an exorbitant amount to find your way along the UK’s roads. It may be £50, but compared to an actual Sat Nav, you’ll make a real saving and never get lost again!


  • Witness Driving: Pay a paltry 69p and gain ownership of a Witness Driving app. This app turns your phone into a video camera, to record footage of any accidents you have on the road, giving you evidence you can use in an insurance claim.


  • Glovebox: An app like this is definitely one for the driver with the unordered mind. It works like a glovebox, because it provides an easy to access and modify directory for your cars data i.e. tax insurance and MOT reminders. Pay a mere 69p and never struggle to find your cars information again!


  • JamCam: This one will be the answer to all your prayers. For absolutely nothing at all, you can get an app that gives you live traffic feeds for over 105 of the country’s most hectic motorways and A Roads. Use it to ensure you never get stuck in a traffic jam again!

driving apps

Check out More Driving Apps

And there you are; these five apps will make driving so much easier for android users, but Acklam Car Centre would ask you to remember that there are far more out there, and you should check them out to make your life in the driver’s seat just that little bit easier.

Don’t Drive With a Apple Watch On

This week, Acklam Car Centre wanted to take the time to warn you not to drive with an Apple Watch on, after discovering that experts think doing so could be harmful.

Don’t Look at Your Phone and Drive

Through our work as a provider of top quality second hand vehicles to drivers across the North-East of England, Acklam Car Centre has seen the impact that smartphones have had on the driving population of the UK.

As smartphones and mobiles in general have become more popular, people have become more obsessed with them, even using them so much that they do it whilst they’re driving. This causes accidents and has been made illegal. Things could now be going the same way with Smart Watches.

What is an Apple Watch?

Recently, Apple unveiled the long (and we do mean long) awaited iPhone 6, and when they did they surprised the world, by unveiling the rumoured, but mysterious Apple Watch as Well.

Apple Watch

Essentially, it’s kind of like a smart phone you can wear on your wrist. According to Yahoo News UK, the watch issues regular updates from internet services, apps and the mobile phone of the user. Quite distracting, which is why the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) have taken the time to suggest people turn them off when driving.

This Could Significantly Impair Driving Performance

The Group said in a statement that “the latest piece of wearable technology from Apple will allow users to make and receive calls, check their messages and monitor their health by operating the device on their wrists. However, the IAM warns that this could significantly impair driving performance – being a major cause for distraction and road accidents.”

They went on to suggest that “constant alerts will require motorists’ regular attention,” and that “As opposed to using a legal hands-free piece of equipment the Apple Watch will require drivers to use two hands to operate the device – impacting speed, lane position and time spent looking at the road.”

Stay Focused on the Road

A damning argument, which is why Acklam Car Centre agrees that you should not use your Apple Watch and drive. More importantly though, this really does remind us that when you are driving, you shouldn’t let anything distract you, to ensure you stay safe on the road.

Five Easy Ways to Kill Some Time in a Traffic Jam

When you’re stuck in a long line of cars after work, be thankful you’ve got Acklam Car Centre on your side this week, as we share with you five easy ways to kill some time in a traffic jam.


The Difficulties of the Commuters Life

We get a lot of commuters passing through our showroom every single day here at Acklam Car Centre; – the family owned provider of top quality second hand motors. As such, we understand the unique difficulties that come with the commuter’s life.

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Acklam Car Centre provides 5 great tips to help you through a traffic jam

And there is no difficulty more frustrating than being stuck on your way back from work in a traffic jam. You’ve spent all day slaving away, you just want to get home and put your feet up, but you can’t. Why? Because there’s a line of cars stretching into the distance so long, you can’t even see the end of it, and all your left to do is wait. Wait and be monumentally bored. You can’t even break out your laptop and get some extra work done to pass the time – just in case, by some miracle, the car in front of you moves a few inches!


Try These Five Things to Be Less Bored When Stuck in a Traffic Jam

But that doesn’t mean you should sit there wasting your life away. There are plenty of ways Acklam Car Centre can think of to keep yourself occupied whilst stuck in a mind numbingly boring traffic jam…


1) Turn The Radio On: The most obvious is to turn the radio on, blare out some tunes and invoke your inner pop star to while away the time. The added advantage is that by sticking the radio on, you can listen out for any traffic news that might let you know how long you’re going to be stuck behind that impossibly large Family SUV.


2) Get in Touch With Family: These days, most cars come equipped with speaker phones, so why not give it a test drive. With your weekday usually so busy, it’s kind of hard to keep in touch with everybody normally anyway, so a traffic jam is the perfect time to catch up on your correspondence.


3) Network: Do you ever get the feeling that we just don’t take enough time to talk these days? If you’re stuck in traffic jam, you should use it to broaden your horizons. Try rolling down the window and talking to the driver next to you. You never know, you could gain a whole new perspective on life just from being stuck on the road on the way home from work!


4)      Plan Your Life: Are you one of those people who plans out your monthly budget in the shower or meticulously maps out their latest family holiday when you’re walking the dog? We all need time to plot out our major life decisions, and there’s little else to do in a traffic jam, so why not use the time wisely and plan out your life!


5)      Multitask: If your energy levels are low and you’re stuck in a traffic jam, why wait to get them back up! Bring a nice snack to pass the time with, and you can actually turn it into a somewhat nice experience – especially with the radio turned up!


Don’t Let the Realities of Life Get You Down

Ultimately, we all hate being made to ensure the tedium that is a traffic jam after whiling away the hours at work. Unfortunately, it’s just a fact of life, but that doesn’t mean you should let the boredom get you. Try one of these five tip and you could actually be either really productive, or just have good time!

What’s happening to Tax Disks?

This week Acklam Car Centre asks in light of coming rule changes, what’s happening to tax discs and what’ll happen to you if you don’t follow the new rules?

Drivers need to stay up to Date with UK Road Regulation

As one of the largest growing second hand car dealers throughout the North-East of England, Acklam Car Centre understands that drivers need to stay up to date with the rules of the road, to ensure that they don’t end up paying heavy fines.

That is why this week, we wanted to bring something to your attention. As of 1st October, tax disk rules are changing, and if you fall foul of the new rules, you could end up shelling out up to £1,000.

How Will Car Owners Pay Tax From 1st October?

According to This is Money, after 93 years on windscreens across the UK, paper tax discs are being scrapped. Instead, they will be replaced with a computerised system.

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Paper tax discs are being scrapped. Instead, they will be replaced with a computerised system.

Specifically, car owners will still be required to pay vehicle tax if they wish to take their car to for a spin or even keep a vehicle on the road. It’s just the paper disk itself that is being tossed out. Instead, police will be able to check a cars number plate against a computerised system to see whether the driver has paid their tax. If they haven’t, police will be able to charge drivers up to £1,000 in fines.  Used car sellers will also be required to report changes in ownership immediately, or risk the same fine.

So, a pretty significant change, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t know about it. A recent survey found that as many as 50% of those questioned don’t even know the day when the rules are changing. Furthermore, the survey from comparison site revealed that 32% admitted that they will not even attempt to find out what the changes entail.

Changes Mean Tax Can be paid via Direct Debit

Furthermore, the new rules will give drivers the chance to pay the tax via direct debit, which the survey found was the desired option of 53% of drivers.’s editor in chief, Hannah Maundrell commented on the matter. Maundrell said that “changes to the vehicle tax system are no bad thing and we fully welcome the introduction of direct debit payments, particularly for consumers who may be struggling to keep up with the soaring cost of driving.”

Maundrell went on to say that “it will also help to eliminate the problem of people who genuinely forget to renew their tax and end up being stung with a hefty fine.” Maundrell concluded by saying that “however, I suspect the new system may experience some teething problems so drivers really need to make sure they’re on top of their game.”

Bone up on the New System Now, While You Can

Maundrell makes a good point; these rules are designed to help save you money. However, if you don’t know or care about them, then they can actually end up costing you serious cash. That is why Acklam Car Centre would advise that you make sure you bone up on the new system and fill out a V5C form, then send it to the DVLA now, whilst you can.

The Five Rules any Car Passenger Needs to Know

As a car passenger you have an obligation; not to annoy the driver to distraction. That’s why Acklam Car Centre has provided you with five rules any car passenger needs to know.

Some People Just Don’t Know How to Be a Good Passenger

Acklam Car Centre is a family-owned provider of top quality second hand cars. As one of the fastest growing second hand car brokers in the North-East of England, there is one thing we’ve seen a lot of; nightmare passengers.

Some people just don’t know how to be a good passenger. They let all their annoying habits shine, and thus distract the driver from doing what they should actually be doing; driving. On a serious note, a distracted driver often results in a careless driver. Careless drivers have a nasty habit of crashing.

Acklam Car Centre Suggests You Follow These Five Rules

That is why it is important that you behave well as a passenger. Not always an easy task to be sure, which is why Acklam Car Centre suggests all car passengers follow these rules…

1)      Don’t Judge:  No-one likes a backseat driver. It only acts to wind up the person who’s actually behind the wheel, and you can bet that the more you criticise them, the worse they’ll drive.

2)      Follow Directions: If the driver tells you to shut up, you do it.  No, they are not trying to offend you. They just need to concentrate, which as far as your safety is concerned, is actually a good thing.

3)      Buckle Up: As a matter of course, everyone needs to buckle up. As a passenger, you don’t want to distract the driver just because you don’t want to wear a seat beat, and have them worry about crashing.

4)      Tone Down Your Habits; Are you the type of person who has a really annoying habit you aren’t always even aware of. Catch yourself before you have the chance to annoy the driver and restrain your very annoying habit. If you don’t, you’ll most likely end up with a very distracted driver.

5)      Be Helpful: Driving really is sometimes a two man (or woman) job. If the driver needs you to find somewhere on a map for them, please just do it. Otherwise, they’ll just have to do it themselves. And holding a map? Not great for driver concentration.

If you want to make sure you are the best car passenger you can possibly be; just use your head. You know what is likely to annoy the person in the driver’s seat, so just go from there!