No one wants to spend their holiday break stuck on the interstate. Thankfully, we found several life-saving apps that will help you outsmart traffic and make your trip home much more pleasant. Whether you want a comedy podcast to pass the time or need a more scenic route to the relatives' house -- these apps have you covered this year.
Use it when: The road to grandmother's is backed up.
Waze constantly helps you find the best route to avoid insane holiday season traffic. No more four-letter words coming out of Dad's mouth. Lighten up the mood by changing the GPS voice to Morgan Freeman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, even Colonel Sanders from the KFC commercials.
Use it when: You can't hold it.
Whether you gotta go real bad, need a Chesnut Praline Latte ASAP or have to fill up the tank, iExit tells you what's ahead and where to stop on the road.
Use it when: "In My Feelings" is stuck in your head.
Buttons be gone. Listen is an app that lets you play music by gesturing -- so you can focus on the road, not your phone.
Use it when: You need a little break from that "Fall 2018" Spotify playlist you made.
No more spotty radio signals or books on tape. Overcast lets you choose from a variety of podcasts and includes features that allow you to control speed, boost voice and create smarter playlists.
Use it when: The family's busted minivan inevitably starts smoking.
Stranded roadside? Instead of waiting hours for assistance, get help at the touch of your finger. There's no place like home for holidays and Urgent.ly will make sure you actually get there.
Use it when: You need a breath of fresh air.
If you have to travel a long way this Thanksgiving, you may as well make the trip worth it. Greatest Drive knows the best route is the most scenic. Ah, nature.
Use it when: You spent all your money buying snacks for the kids.
Find the lowest gas prices near you and also get coupons to save on convenience store snacks. Still waiting on a feature that tells you which 7-Eleven has the cleanest bathroom.
Use it when: You want to make the most of your holiday.
Heck yeah, I wanna stop at the Big Fish Supper Club in Bena, Minnesota. #Murica ??
Use it when: You want to set an example for your teen driver.
iOnRoad uses your phone's video camera to warn you when you're following another car too closely or are drifting off the road. It also monitors speed, prevents texting while driving and comes with a host of other features. Sounds like a great tool for teens who want to practice driving this Thanksgiving break.
Obvi we're including our own app in here. If you can't drive yet, you can get your license while sitting in Thanksgiving traffic with Aceable. Yup, drivers ed on your smartphone. Now you can annoy your mom by telling her everything she's doing wrong in the car.