With school resuming in September, August is the last chance for families to get in their summer road trips. This month’s apps help smartphone users with two important aspects of a successful highway adventure: finding cheap gas and discovering the best parks and places to explore along the way.
You can always expect gas prices to be highest in summer. And because every penny counts, my family uses GasBuddy to shop around for the lowest fuel prices. You may remember that we recommended GasBuddy a few years ago; so with gas prices on the rise, we thought the app was worth highlighting again.
I love GasBuddy because it’s so easy to use. Simply tap the screen, and the app uses your GPS location to find nearby gas stations—listing them in order of price or distance. You can also sort by your preferred fuel type: regular, midgrade, premium, or diesel. When you select a price or location you like, the app loads a map with its location. It even offers driving directions—which is great when navigating an unfamiliar city!
You may be wondering: “How does the app know a station’s prices when they’re always changing?” GasBuddy relies on smartphone users to enter current gas prices when filling up at a station. Below a station’s price, you’ll see a time stamp showing when it was last updated.
Whether you’re running errands in your hometown or cruising the open road on a family road trip, GasBuddy will help you quickly and easily find the cheapest fuel around.
Being a member of an active family, it’s important to know what outdoor activities are available when planning a road trip to a new destination. That’s why I use Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder to discover places for our family to get outside and play while we’re on vacation.
Oh, Ranger! is a must-have app for any outdoor enthusiast. With a database of national and state parks and public lands, you can search by location or activity to find areas for your favorite pursuits. Whether you’re looking for a trail to hike with your dog, an RV-friendly campground, or a park to play tennis and have a picnic, Oh, Ranger! has you covered. For each location in the database, the app provides a description, an activities list, and even photos and user reviews!
Quickly finding outdoor places of recreation while on the road has never been easier! Thanks to Oh, Ranger! my family is able to do our favorite activities while traveling, which keep us healthy and happy.