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.
There are great apps for both Apple and Android to give commuters, travelers and everyday drivers a choice other than Google Maps. Check out these three that we've picked out just for you.
Optimized routing for business and delivery drivers
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.
See for yourself how it works.
Click here to get the Route4Me app from Google Play or Apple App store. The free app includes 10 routes per month, and you can purchase a monthly or annual plan for unlimited routes. Check your app store for the latest plan fees.
Find traffic-free routes
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. This isn't a stand-alone navigation app. It works with Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze and others.
It's a three-step process:
- Tap the address in the search bar and select "Add Stop." Repeat as necessary.
- Once 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.
The app is free and offers in-app upgrades that include unlimited stops, spreadsheet uploading (which is great for delivery drivers), data reports and account management. Get Road Warrior from Google Play or download Road Warrior from the Apple App Store.
Map app that works offline
The CoPilot GPS navigation and traffic app is the most expensive of our list, but it does offer a free two-week trial before the annual fee kicks in. It's ideal for car, RV and truck drivers, and it offers pricing tiers for each -- $14.99 for car navigation, $29.99 for RV navigation and $99.99 for truck drivers.
Why the difference? RV drivers get routes and turn-by-turn directions especially for recreational vehicles, as well as campgrounds and RV-friendly places.
Truck drivers get navigation especially for tractor-trailers, such as avoiding routes with low bridges and truck-restricted routes. You can plan routes based on your vehicle and load.
The app works offline (store routes on your device), offers trip planning and multi-stop optimization, voice guidance and turn-by-turn instructions. Download CoPilot GPS from Google Play or CoPilot GPS from Apple's app store.
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