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3 Apps for a Safer Road Trip – Insights from an Austin Personal-Injury Lawyer

By Luke Dow on April 04, 2016

Modern technology is raising the bar for vehicle safety. GPS, crash avoidance systems and innovative apps are preventing accidents and saving lives.

Mixed Race Woman with Smart Phone Texting and Driving.

If you are planning a road trip, there are several apps that can make your journey safer. Examples include:

  • ly: An app that reads texts to you;
  • Waze: A comprehensive navigation app;
  • And Fuel Finder: An app that helps you locate nearby gas stations.
Unfortunately, even the most prepared drivers cannot control the actions of other road users. If you fall victim to another driver’s negligence on your road tip, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is a board-certified personal-injury attorney in Austin who can help you pursue compensation for lost income, health-care bills and other damages from the at-fault driver.

Call 512-518-4104 today to schedule a consultation. You can also visit to learn more about injury lawsuits in Texas.

Here are three apps to download before your next road trip:

A moment’s glance at a text can cause a tragic accident, but according to Farmers Insurance, several apps exist that can help prevent distracted-driving crashes. One such app is

This app reads your texts and emails aloud so you can keep your eyes on the road. It is perfect for long road trips or even businesses that employ several drivers. It is radio transmitter and Bluetooth enabled, making the app entirely hands-free.

Apple’s Siri function offers similar benefits. If you want to block incoming calls and messages altogether, try an app such as Safecell or Textecution.

  1. Waze
A significant number of accidents happen when drivers are lost. Constantly looking for landmarks and street signs can be distracting, but a navigation app such as Waze can guide you to your destination.

Waze is a free app that provides traffic updates and navigation functions. With its community-edited maps, you are less likely to run into a guidance error.

  1. Fuel Finder
The bulk of your road trip travels will likely happen on a highway or interstate. These high-speed roads can be treacherous if you break down. Fatigued truckers and complacent drivers may veer onto the shoulder can cause a serious collision.

Fuel Finder can help your gas meter stay above “E” by helping you find nearby and budget-friendly gas stations. This is a must-download app for long road trips.

If the worst happens and your road trip ends with an injury, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. As an accident attorney in Austin, Mr. Dow can evaluate your collision to determine if you may have grounds for a claim.

The legal system can be unpredictable, but Mr. Dow can represent your interests and help you avoid mistakes such as settling for an amount that will not cover your ongoing medical expenses. He can also handle correspondence with insurance adjusters so you do not unknowingly admit fault. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at 512-518-4104.

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