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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.

Acklam Car Centre Explore the Launch of Google’s Self Driving Car

Mega search engine Google have taken one step closer to world domination this month, with the roll-out of their latest prototype for a self-driving car. Acklam Car Centre explores what this could mean for drivers across the world going forward.

The Stuff of Sci-Fi Fantasy

At Acklam Car Centre – a North-East based second hand car provider that is trusted across the region or its reputation for excellence – we’ve seen every type of car imaginable. We’ve seen big cars, and small cars, gas guzzlers and energy efficient models. However we have to admit that at first glance, the self-driving car sounds like the stuff of a sci-fi film.

That’s because until recently that’s the only place we’ve seen them.  However Google have always been known to reach for the stars and succeed, and they’ve done it again, as the launch of this prototype has dazzled car enthusiasts around the world, and brought this geeks fantasy to the forefront of reality.

Google's driverless car

Google’s driverless car
Image: BBC

What Can We Expect From the Self Driving Car?

So what are we dealing with here? At first glance, it’s exactly what you think it is. It is a car which drives itself. Specifically, it has no brakes, steering wheel, accelerator wheels or manual control of any kind.

Don’t fear though, it may not have these (until now) basic car necessities, but it does have the capability to be summoned by smartphone, a start and stop button that does the driving for you, and sensor technology to keep you safe and get you from A to B. It kind of looks like a cross between a smart car and a Nissan Micra, and has two seats with room left over for a minimal amount of luggage.

Acklam Car Centre Asks When the Driverless Car May Come to a Lot near You

Although other prototypes have been released and it isn’t an entirely new concept, experts are hailing this particular prototype as the first truly driverless electric car prototype, which means that it won’t be available yet for quite a while.

But what is clear is that this prototype is the closest step yet the world has taken to such a thing occurring. Presuming the car will be a success, here at Acklam Car Centre we look forward to a Google self-driving car one day rolling onto our lot!