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FIND YOUR NEXT CAR ON MOTORING 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MO THE FIVE BEST IOS APPS FOR DRIVERS Smartphones have been an indispensable part of driving since phones got smart, but not to be actively used while driving, of course dont forget the road rules. The days of having a sleeve of CDs in your glovebox are long gone and mapping apps have been putting standalone GPS units out of business for years now. But improving your driving experience doesnt stop at the apps that come pre-installed on your iPhone. Here are five iOS apps thatll get you listening, logging, parking, refuelling and buying better. Stezza Looking for a way to put on your favourite album and hit the road without having to fumble around with tiny controls? EnterStezza a music app designed for driving. It works with your existing music library and presents it in a clear, well-designed way with big album cover art and oversized controls thatll make it easy to select your perfect soundtrack before hitting the road. (RRP: $4.49) alternator noun 1. A dynamo that generates an alternating current for the 12 volt battery which powers the vehicles electrical systems. 2. A friend who says he is coming to the pub. Then isnt. Then is. Communicates primarily by SMS. /ltnet, ltnet/ THE MAGNET Magnets provide the quickest, easiest way of securing your phone before you get on the road. We like the Logitech +Drive Car Mount for its slick design, its sturdy, singletwist installation and its adjustability. It also comes with an adhesive disc that emulates the finish on glass so that you can attach the mount to your dashboard if you dont want to attach it to your windshield. The magnetic connection is surprisingly strong, your phone will be safe on even the bumpiest roads, and no mounting method is quite as quick or as effective. (RRP: $49.95) THE WINDSCREEN MOUNT If you dont want to attach a magnet to the back of your phone (though, we should say, magnets generally work through phone covers and dont interfere with your service), an armed mount attached to your windscreen is the classic choice. We liked the solid build, firm suction and 360-degree pivot of the 3Sixt short-arm window mount. Its 80-millimetre width also means that itll accommodate larger phones, including the iPhone Plus range or the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. (RRP: $24.95) THE AIR-VENT MOUNT If budget is a consideration, we like the Cleanskin universal phone vent clip. Mounting your phone in a nearby air vent is an ingenious, convenient way to secure it safely within eyes reach. In fact, in many cars its the ideal place. Just slip the pincerlike attachment onto a slat and youre good to go. The clips padded interior ensures no unsightly scratches on your phone, and it can also hold newer, larger devices. (RRP: $20.00) To find out more, visit bit.ly/carmounts. THREE SMARTPHONE MOUNTS WE LIKE Vehicle Book GPS Free Listen, its not the most glamorous app in the world, but if you have to track your car trips and fuel purchases youll appreciate how much time Vehicle Book GPS Free will save you. Its designed to log the time and distance of your journeys via GPS alongside fuel and car-related receipts, dates and locations. It syncs to Dropbox and can export summaries in Excel, PDF or CSV formats. Best of all, its ATO-compliant, so you wont be trying to find last years logbook when tax time rolls around. Also available in apaid enterprise version. (Free) ParkIt If iPhones were around in 1991 we would never have had the parking garage episode of *Seinfeld*. So its great they werent (great episode), but its certainly better that they are now. Never lose your car in a cavernous car park again with this app. Hit a button, save its location, go about your business and find your way back via a map. What really kicks it up a notch is the ability to set a time when your spot expires and elect to get a notification ten minutes before or even better the amount of time it will take you to get back there on foot. Plus it integrates with the Apple Watch. (Free) Jerrycan Sure, you could track your mileage and petrol use using your odometer. But if you dont want to crack open a spreadsheet,Jerrycanis here to help. There are a lot of apps that track the same data but none are as beautiful or intuitive as Jerrycan. It tracks efficiency, distance, fuel consumption, total expense and ecological impact and even *over-consumption*. Its reports are slick and itll track your full tank range, remind you to update your usage when you fill up and provide tips to improve your driving practices which they claim can improve your fuel usage (and reduce your impact on the environment) by up to 20%. (Free) carsales Of course, the best way to find a new car is to download the carsales iOS app. Search from over 200,000 new and used cars, create alerts to keep track of new listings and price changes on vehicles youre interested in. You can even create an ad and sell your car straight from your phone. Its Australias number one auto network right there in your pocket! (Free) To find out more, visit bit.ly/bestcarapps. Whether youre buying, selling or just looking to make the most of the car you have, find everything worth knowing on Carpool at carsales.com.au. CARPOOL CAR JARGON CAR TECH ADVERTISING FEATURE FIND YOUR NEXT CAR ON