Apr 4, 2013

Road Trip with the iPhone with iExit

When taking a road trip, often you know where you are going. In fact, often you get on the interstate and stay on it for hours, maybe transitioning to another interstate somewhere along the way. You don't need directions to your destination but you may need to know what exit has the next restroom or lunch options. You don't need a regular, turn-by-turn GPS for this and you don't want to be searching your map application for restaurants or rest areas while you're driving.

The interstate road trip is the niche that iExit fills. By default, iExit doesn't show a map (though a swipe to the left will show you a map). It simply shows a list of upcoming exits, how many miles to each, and what types of amenities are at each exit. Tap on an exit, and you'll see exactly what gas stations, restaurants, lodging, etc. is at that exit. It's the kind of app that you turn on and leave on during your trip so that you can, at glance, know exactly where to stop and how far you have to go before you stop.

I recently went on a road trip with the family and found iExit to be extremely helpful. I put my iPhone in my Arkon phone mount so I could easily glance at it as you would a GPS, plugged my iPhone into the car charger, started up the app, and started the drive. I used it for restroom stops, lunch stops, and even a gas stop. As a extra benefit, I could always tell where we were at the moment and how far we were from upcoming towns, which gave me a sense of where I was in the journey toward my destination.

Although I've had iExit for a while now, this was the first time I used the app. I've had it for a while because it used to be free. However, at the current price of $0.99, I think it is worth the price next time you go on a long road trip.

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