If you are driving for Lyft, Uber, Uber Eats, Postmates or any other Gigeconomy apps this list of companion apps my help you do your job better. I personally use all of these apps and services give them a shot!
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I drive a 2018 Kia Niro that has Apple CarPlay in the stereo head unit. This allows me to have my phone connected via a lightning
This may be a bit extreme but if your car doesn’t have CarPlay you can purchase a new car stereo that has this functionality. I recently upgraded my wife’s Honda Accord with a new stereo with CarPlay.
PIONEER MVH-1400NEX Digital Multimedia Video Receiver Apple CarPlay
While I’m driving for Lyft, the Lyft app will only show on my iPhone until I pick up the passenger. F
I’ve found that Waze on CarPlay allow for my riders to know where
weregoing and to provide input if they like as to how we should get there.
I’ve tried a few apps this last year to track my mileage and so far I’ve found a good combo of hardware and apps to make this happen.
It can also send you a notification to your phone when your car starts. So if you are wondering when your car is going to arrive from valet. Tracking of your car can be done using the mobile app as well as their website. It’s an amazing piece of kit for anyone doing business related driving or if you have teens that are driving and you want to know where they are and if they are driving safe.
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Automatic Pro makes my smart car smarter and my dumb car into a smart car.
I use an app on my iPhone called Stride Tax to track my mileage it’s purpose build for drivers in the
Download Stride Tax, it makes this dead simple.
Other Apps I use
I’m a huge fan of iPhone apps that are purpose-built here is a list of a few that I use for very specific things.
I use this app to find what areas are “popping.” It
Check out Farepilot
Farepilot helps me with finding all the locations that are popular and to find what venues need drivers without much preplanning on my part.
Take a minute and search the app store for your local airport apps these tend to provide you with the upcoming flights. I live in the OC / LA markets and have a few airports around me. One, in particular, is Long Beach airport which has restrictions due to their Noise Abatement. Knowing this you can check their flight status page as well as using their mobile app (which is easier when you are in your car anyhow) so that way you aren’t waiting around at the airport when the last flight just came in or that the flight was canceled and wont be showing up at all.
If you want an app that just does it all Flight Board for iPhone is a great way to see all the flights in one place for all the airports around you. Flight Board by Impala Studios is the perfect companion app when working the smaller airports.
Never get stuck waiting an a small airport for flights that may never come in or are delayed.
I know that Starbucks isn’t known for being a restroom provider but when you gotta go you gotta go. I tend to use their restrooms when I’m out an about and have found that using their app saves me time. The best way it saves me time is getting a coffee after going to the restroom, here’s how.
I load up their app and find the nearest Starbucks and place a mobile order. I drive to the Starbucks (their app will give your directions) go into the Starbucks and use the restroom and then come out and bam! my coffee is waiting for me. I walked out of there and didn’t spend any time waiting it was just a nice quick process.
Everyone needs a pee break, combine that stop with a pick me up!
Outside of coffee, the only other thing we need to deal with on a day to day basis as a driver is gasoline. Much like the Starbucks app for
Save some money at the pump and find which pumps are the cheapest!
My question for you
What apps are you using in your ridesharing journey? Leave me a comment below!