If you own a small business, drive for a living, or even if you're a busy mom, when you get in the car for a work trip, meeting, or to run an errand, the trip is never as simple as traveling from Point A to Point B. There's usually points C, D, E, F and G too. To make matters more complicated, the route you take on the road could mean a huge difference in terms of time - and money - saved.
And wouldn't you know it, the one thing Google Maps isn't good at, is providing navigation for trips that require multiple stops. With Google Maps alone, you'll have to enter the addresses of your destinations one by one, without a traffic report or an idea of how long each leg of the trip will take. Plan the route poorly and you could end up criss-crossing and zig-zagging all over the city. As the popular meme says, "ain't nobody got time for that."
Luckily, there are great apps for both Apple and Android gadgets to give Google Maps a boost it where it needs one. Check out these three that we've picked out just for you:
To find the best route for multiple destinations, check out the Route4Me Route Planner app. All you need to do is enter an address or ZIP code and it finds the optimum route to all of your stops. You'll save your sanity, valuable time and better yet, gas. Click here to get the Route4Me app now.
Road Warrior Route Planner
The Road Warrior Route Planner helps you find the best traffic-free routes by prioritizing your route on time, traffic and schedule. Using the app is fairly easy. It's a three-step process where:
- You enter the addresses by selecting the magnifying glass icon in the upper right hand corner. Type in the address in the search bar and select "Add Stop." Repeat as necessary.
- One all the addresses are entered, click "Optimize." Here, you will a route summary that will tell you the fastest route based on distance, total travel time, and more.
- When you're ready to hit the road, click "Navigate" to go to your first destination. Here, either Google Maps or Apple Maps will launch and provide you with turn-by-turn GPS directions.
Navigon from Garmin
Before we even get started with the Navigon from Garmin app, let me disclose that this is, by far, the most expensive app on this list at $29.95 for Android and $49.99 for Apple devices. That seems like a high price, but there's a lot of interactive features you've never seen with any other app.
As you can imagine, for that hefty price tag, it's loaded will all the features you would expect: it can choose the best and optimal route and can help you avoid traffic jams. But unlike the other apps on our list, Navigon can work without an Internet connection and can give you turn-by-turn voice directions, in the car, on a bike or walking, without having to use Google Maps.
On top of that you can get 3-D maps, see up to three suggested routes, and even has a lane assistant that will make sure you're in the correct lane before you pass that hidden and sneaky exit.