If you plan on making like Clark Griswold and packing up the family truckster and hitting the open road this summer, AAA has a new iPhone app that will help keep you from blowing all your nickels before you reach your own personal Wally World, keep you from making that wrong turn at the Grand Canyon, help you find reputable accommodations with pools you would actually want to swim in, and locate repair shops where the proprietor doesn’t double as the corrupt town sheriff.
AAA members are used to going to their phone when they need assistance for a roadside emergency, but now anyone can count on AAA for roadside assistance in non-emergency situations. AAA has released a free app for iPhone, AAA Triptik Mobile, that gives travelers an edge when driving through unknown territory, as well as all your familiar haunts. Triptik Mobile finds services you may need on the road and provides turn by turn navigation to get to them.
Never mind how useful this app would be on a road trip, even while running errands users will find the new app helpful on a daily basis as it pinpoints nearby gas stations as well as listing their current fuel prices and provides you with directions to get there. Simply check the gas prices in the direction you’re heading and route the one with the best price into your daily routine. Saving money was never so easy. Combined with the AAA Discounts app, members can save at every turn.
The AAA Triptik Mobile iPhone App is a mobile version of AAA.com’s Triptik Travel Planner that uses GPS location to find services near you while you are travelling. The new AAA app will find AAA approved dining options, local attractions, campgrounds and AAA Diamond rated lodging. May you never have to use it in your journeys, but AAA Triptik Mobile will also find AAA approved repair shops should the need arise.
Once you find what you are looking for, you can either call or get directions with another touch of a button. The turn-by-turn navigation displays a map as well as audio directions. The only flaw we find with the app is that it does not transition through each step automatically based on your GPS position. Instead, one can touch the co-pilot button for the next step, or simply shake the phone—the latter being the safer alternative. It does take a second or two to update, so compensate accordingly, and the chime to let you know it’s updating will become grating after awhile.
Using the app is so easy, even Cousin Eddie could do it. One touch brings up Triptik Mobile and then it will prompt you to use your current location, you’ll need to allow this to get the best use of the app. At the bottom of the screen is a toggle button for each of the items the app will locate for you, simply select the ones you wish to be displayed to make viewing easier. The search results can be displayed either on a map or in list form as well.
We were so excited about this free app, that we immediately took it out on a short drive as soon as we downloaded it and were extremely pleased with the results. We can’t wait to use it on our next road trip. World’s second largest ball of twine, here we come! If only there was an app to help you remember to check and make sure you untied Aunt Edna’s dog from the rear bumper.