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In many European countries, including Germany, there is a ban on the use of cell phones while driving. If drivers are caught using a cell phone while driving, they may be fined and could earn points on their driver's license. The mobile phone also has its advantages when driving a car ...

How do you use your smartphone efficiently? Manual for drivers

Although it is obvious that cell phones should not be used while driving, they can be used as a useful tool. In Germany, the laws on the use of cell phones while driving have become more specific recently. Drivers are not allowed to pick up, hold, or use their phones while the car's engine is on. If they are caught using the phone, even if it is just to operate the navigation system or to click away an incoming call, drivers must pay fines of at least € 100 if there is no accident. Otherwise even more! In addition, the driver receives a point on his driver's license.

You can use apps on your mobile phone as soon as the vehicle is parked with the engine switched off, for example in the parking lot, at the edge of the lane, at the red traffic light or in a traffic jam.

And the cell phone as a navigation system - is that allowed while driving?

Almost all car manufacturers now offer a built-in navigation device as a standard feature - and it can be retrofitted on older models. You can use the mobile phone as a GPS replacement, but only if it is installed in a fixed holder. You must also set the route that you want to follow in the navigation system before starting the engine. One thing is for sure, you have to follow the rules very carefully as tampering with a cell phone while driving is very dangerous and it can lead to very serious accidents.

Android-Auto

Car driver possibilities Smartphones 4 practical tips for car drivers: TOP ways to use your smartphone

Google's presence in the auto industry isn't limited to just developing autonomous technology. Millions of drivers download the Android car app every day, either because they find their car's infotainment system confusing or because they want a more smartphone-like interface.

Android Auto promises to make driving safer by reducing distractions. Whether or not it achieves this goal depends on who you ask. Common sense is very important when using the technology in the car.

One of the best parts of Android Auto is the Google Maps navigation system, which provides step-by-step directions and automatically finds an alternative route if it detects heavy traffic. The software broadcasts saved destinations from your phone so you don't have to manually enter the address to your office, home or school.

Finally, Android Auto gives motorists access to millions of songs and podcasts through a growing list of third-party apps, and allows them to stay connected by making calls and sending messages over WhatsApp, Hangouts, and other messaging platforms. You can also surf the Internet or even play a game in a casino without registering, as you can start gambling right away. Of course only with the engine switched off.

Casino time out

What could be more entertaining than quickly playing a game in a casino without an account? This is particularly varied and relaxing on long car journeys. Stop at a petrol station or in one of the restaurants on the edge of the route and have fun in a casino via the WiFi connection without registering. Why in one Casino without registration, you will ask yourself, and the answer is simple: There is no sign-up process at all and as soon as you have some time and want to relax, you can start playing. There are many casino apps that do not require registration at all.

Parking apps

Car driver possibilities Smartphones 3 practical tips for car drivers: TOP ways to use your smartphone
Find your perfect parking space -> park your car -> pay cashless.

Finding affordable parking can be a challenge, especially if you live in a densely populated area. Fortunately, there are a number of apps out there to help you find and compare parking spaces, reserve a parking space right from your phone, and even save money every time you park. You can get out of traffic and to a safe place in a fraction of the time and effort.

How it works?

  1. Find a parking space - Use the Parking App to find the perfect parking space on or next to the street.
  2. Park your car - start parking on the street with just one click. Or simply drive into your preferred parking garage to park off-street. No ticket is required.
  3. And pay - end your parking session with one click in the app or by driving out of the parking garage. At the end of each month, the total amount of parking fees is automatically debited from your credit card or bank account.

Parking apps that you can use in Germany:

  • Park Now
  • Parkopedia
  • EasyPark
  • Mobile phone parking in Munich
  • ParkMe

Map of loading points

Car driver possibilities Smartphones 1 practical tips for car drivers: TOP ways to use your smartphone

Charging an EV is usually easy, provided you know where to find compatible charging points on your trip. Google Maps shows the locations of charging stations, but does not offer payment options or additional information about the EV community. Here you will find a compilation of popular and free downloadable apps for finding charging stations.

You may also need to download the operator's app of each charging station and log in there to be able to pay. Fortunately, most of the apps listed below support a single subscription for multiple charging operators.

  • Next plug
  • Drivo
  • EnBW mobility +
  • Travel safely
  • SIXT

Route planning

When going on a road trip it is actually difficult to find the best places to stop along the way, isn't it? Most of the time we use Google Maps, which shows us the best and most convenient way to get from A to B, and we stick to it. Travel is not just about the destination, the journey is just as important, as someone famous once said. And he was right. The best thing about a road trip is the feeling of freedom. You can go where you want and when you want. But where do you find cool places along the routeto stop at? This is exactly the difference to normal navigation systems. Take a look at these apps:

  • Breakzy App
  • Germany — Travel Guide and Offline Map
  • Routeperfect - Germany
  • Triposo
  • Road Cycling

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