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Download road maps on the fly

App: TripTik.
Available on: Apple and Android devices.
Cost: Free. (Some features only available with AAA membership, costs vary from $80 to $150 per year.)

The TripTik app from AAA lets users download maps for road trips onto their phones, and it also helps locate attractions along the way, says Heather Hunter, AAA' s public relations manager in Orlando, Fla.

"It's a mobile version of the AAA online TripTik travel planner. You can set up a route online, and then download it into your mobile device. And if you're traveling with different members, you can share directions," she says.

For drivers who need to stop and rest overnight, the app also provides AAA's diamond ratings for nearby hotels, and users can call for lodging directly from the app to book their rooms, she says.

The TripTik app is free, but only members can save routes, says Hunter. Additionally, members who experience car trouble on the road can also use a separate AAA Roadside app to contact the auto club directly, says Hunter. "You can send your GPS location and use the app for roadside assistance."


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