TECH BYTE: Apps You Need for Your Summer Road Trip

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Things are gradually getting back to normal, so it’s time to start planning that summer road trip.

Some smartphone apps can help you get to your destination.

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If you’re taking a long road trip, and don’t want to put the miles on your car, the Turo app is for you.

You can rent a car without having to go through any of those major rental companies.

Turo is actually the world’s largest peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace.

Use the app to book any vehicle you want from local hosts, wherever you want it.

You have more than 850 makes and models to choose from across the U.S., UK, and Canada.

If you still want to go with a traditional rent-a-car company, there are apps for most of the major ones, like Enterprise, Hertz, and Avis.

Many travel apps, like Expedia and Priceline have discounted car rental features, as well.

If you don’t know where you’re going, use the Waze GPS app to help you get around.

It’s one of my favorite GPS apps.

Waze is great at finding you faster, alternate routes if a wreck is in your path.

It can even give you a heads up if there’s bad traffic, construction, and speed traps.

This one is fun because you can customize the voice giving you directions. Options range from a boy band, to Cookie Monster.

You can’t help but laugh as it gives you turn by turn, in-depth directions.

With gas prices fluctuating in many parts of the country, you need the GasBuddy app to track down the cheapest gas near you.

Use that extra cash instead for your next shopping trip.

You can also use GasBuddy to track your fuel use. That definitely comes in handy when your passengers owe you gas money.

The iExit Interstate Exit Guide is another app that helps you find cheap gas stations.

It’s also great if you’re craving a certain food, and don’t know where to find it.

iExit integrates Yelp ratings and reviews to help you decide which fast food restaurant to visit, unless you’d rather try something local.

And yes, the app can also find hotels within three miles of an exit ramp, or a specific amenity, like WiFi or a rest area.

While these smartphone apps are great to have for any road trip, make sure to keep your eyes on the road, and be aware of states with hands free driving laws.

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now starting at 5:30. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at ecassulo@wdef.com if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’