The best GPS apps for your next road trip


If there’s one thing we learn on the road, it’s that traffic can change at any given minute… From weather backups to traffic accidents to plain old congestion, it’s always nice to have a backup plan when you’re on the road.

So, we’ve compiled a list of the top GPS apps to add to your smartphone before you get on the road. (Always plug in directions before you get into the driver seat or let your co-pilot manage the apps to get you where you need to go.)

Google Maps is one of the most used apps out there. It’s free on Apple iOS and Android devices and it’s as basic as they come. You can avoid toll roads and see upcoming congestion. But, many download additional GPS apps to help with more detailed detours and even upcoming speed traps.

MotionX GPS Drive is available for iOS devices for $3 a month or $10 a year for the app with voice guidance. It’s $1 to download but it’s best for the fun seeker. It will play certain songs while you drive, and it will even remember your parking spot for you.

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Navigon USA is available for iOS, Android and Windows phone devices. The app is pricey… it’s $50 and there are add-on options like speed cams and traffic updates. This is for the serious driver who doesn’t want to miss a beat on their drive. If you’re driving a lot… it’s totally worth it.

Waze is one of the favorites of many drivers. It’s available for iOS, Android and Windows phone 8 devices. It’s free and it’s best for the clever commuter. The app relies on users to provide info along their way with info about traffic jams, speed traps, accidents and more.

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