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Last week, we tried out a free rest stop app called RoadAhead to see how it cuts costs on the road. Now we’re taking iExit (99 cents on iTunes) for a spin. iExit is the Twitter of road trip apps, working especially well on the highway since you’re always on the go. If you haven’t planned out your rest stops, iExit is useful for quickly viewing the costs and distance of each exit.
How it works
First, we got on the highway and let the app determine our location. Next it determined which direction we were heading in, and a Twitter-styled feed of rest stops appeared on screen as the exits rolled by.
When we clicked on a Shell station because we needed gas, for example, useful details appeared on screen, including a map, an address and a list of the station’s amenities. An ATM was key since we needed some cash, and we were relieved to see it had a bathroom. Other stops let us check for coffee, Diesel fuel and whether full or self service was available at the pump—all perfect for managing our budget.
Once we exited the highway, we slid the app’s view to a map using the “map” button. The “list” or Twitter view, as we like to call it, was hidden for a second. But now we could see where the Shell station was, so we didn’t waste gas driving around and looking for it.
What we love about iExit
Just as you can curate lists on Twitter, iExit lets you choose what type of business you’re looking for by personalizing your iExit feed. If you click the search tab on the top right, you can select what type of stop you want to make, depending on the reason for it. If you’re hungry, choose food. If you’re sleepy, choose lodging. By touching “fuel” as our rest stop option, our feed became tailored to gas stations.
We also like the iExit’s live information because it translates well on the road when you don’t know why or when to stop next. Just as it’ll help you save time, iExit could also save you money.