Avoid Road-Trip Food Disasters with This Newly Free App

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An incredibly sad true story: During a recent road trip, I was cruising along the Interstate, starving for some lunch, when I came to an exit promising “food” in the form of Arby’s.

The horror, the horror.

But what choice did I have? The next exit might be 20-30 miles, and who knew if the pickings would be any better? So I stopped. I ate. And then I hit the road again.

Now for the sad part: Just five miles later, I spotted a Panera Bread. And a Chik-Fil-A! Oh, wretched fate.

Never again. Now I’ve got my iPhone stocked with iExit, which lists all the points of interest for upcoming exits: food, gas, lodging, auto repair, grocery stores, and so on.

Of course, just about any GPS (or GPS app) comes stocked with similar POI data. The difference is that iExit makes it freeway-friendly, so you can easily see what’s at the nearest exit, the one after that, the one after that, and so on.

The app also affords one-tap calling for most locations and lets you create a list of favorites to track–great for determining, say, how long until you hit the next Starbucks. Needless to say, it’s also ideal for pinpointing the nearest public restroom.

iExit originally cost $4.99, but with the recent debut of version 6.0 (which features an iOS 7-style redesign, improved search capabilities, and an expanded POI database), the app is now free.

Alas, it’s for iOS only. Android users can check out Road Ninja, which has similar “what’s ahead” features.

Whatever app you use, do yourself (and your fellow drivers) a favor: let a passenger do the tapping.

Have you found other road-trip apps you consider essential? Tell me about them in the comments!

Veteran technology writer Rick Broida is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC World and Wired.

(Source: Savings.com)

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