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The world is driven by automobiles. From commuting to food delivery to joyriding, it’s hard to imagine a world without automobiles. Would we all have to move to the city or would we be able to get by on bicycles? Who knows. Below we’ve put together a list of the best driving related apps everyone should have in their arsenal.

#1. Uber

Uber is the modern incarnation of the taxi service. No longer do you need to call up taxis and provide your address to make a booking. Allow this simple to use phone app to automatically detect your location while you book a low-cost taxi in a great quality car. The drivers can usually be with you in just a few minutes and payment happens automatically through the app. No shady pricing either. It’s all calculated in a fair and transparent way. See Uber’s payment terms for more details.

#2. Zipcar

Do you live in a city where you don’t have to drive much, but every once in a while the need arises? Or maybe you often fly to cities where you need to drive to get around? Do you not want to buy a car, either because you don’t drive enough or because it’s just too expensive? Zipcar might be the perfect solution. It is a pay as you go car rental app that lets you book cars to drive as you need them.

It’s much simpler than using a traditional rental car service and can cost much less too. The app works in most major cities but does require a $6 per month membership fee. It’s a small price to pay if it lets you avoid buying a car and saves you money on traditional car rental fees.

Note: It’s probably a good idea to have your own insurance before driving a Zipcar.

#3. Google Maps

Google Maps is something almost all of us have used in the modern world. It’s a truly essential app that helps us get around. When used safely, it can serve as an excellent driving GPS, with full voice directions. Just make sure it is mounted well so you don’t take your eyes off the road when navigating. Pro tip: Get a car phone charger so you’re not always risking running out of battery.

If you truly don’t like Google Maps, give Waze a try. It’s like Google Maps with a bit more of a community feel, and it excels at providing alternative routes when there is traffic, accidents, or road closures.

#4. Drivvo

Drivvo is one of the most popular driving apps with over a million downloads. It can track expenses, remind you when it’s time to take the car in for maintenance or when a lease payment is due, and can even help you find where to get the cheapest gas in your area. It’s also completely free. There is a pro version that unlocks a few new features and provides an ad-free experience for around $6 per year.