If you’re an off-road enthusiast, then you enjoy the thrill of the outdoors as you ride through dangerous terrain on your customized 4×4. Chances are that you don’t bother with keeping up with your smartphone while you ride, as you’re busy enjoying the great outdoors.
But to make the most out of your off-roading, you’ll want to check out several useful apps. From safety to GPS tracking, the following apps will help to improve your overall off-roading experience.
Downloading the 4×4 App will help improve performance as you’re riding. This handy app lets you maintain your balance while you’re riding. By installing it in the mount during a vertical position, it will calibrate your position relative to the ground. From there, the app keeps track of your angles, helping you to avoid potentially hazardous positions and pitfalls. Available for both the iPhone and Android phones, this free app comes highly recommended among off-roading enthusiasts.
One of the highest rated GPS apps available, MotionX GPS includes many attractive features for sports enthusiasts across the board. Its main use as an interactive GPS appeals specifically to off-roaders. This app allows users to download over 100 maps worldwide for a variety of sports. You can also keep track of trails, times, and other statistical information, making it a uniquely customizable and reliable GPS app. Unfortunately, MotionX GPS is only available for Apple iPhone/iPad, and it will cost you $0.99 to download, with additional in-app paid features.
ICE (In Case of Emergency)
ICE is a universally useful app that anyone should have, especially those drawn to extreme sports like off-road adventures. ICE provides emergency responders and other medical personnel easy access to your emergency contacts, insurance information and medical history, all within the app itself. Users can set this information to appear on their lock screen on the iPhone, so it’s the first thing medical workers see when they find your phone. If you frequently ride through dangerous areas, then this is a must-have app. ICE appears by different names but is available for both iPhone and Android, and while a paid version exists, you can download it for free on either device.
First Aid (Red Cross)
When you’re riding off the beaten trail, you might get lost or become seriously injured. Unless you’re riding with a trained emergency responder, you could wait hours for medical help. Having the right first aid could mean the difference between life and death. Fortunately, the First Aid app from the American Red Cross offers basic first aid tips and easy access to 911 services. For visual learners, this app comes in doubly handy, as it provides illustrated lessons and video instructions for emergency care. This go-to app is free and available for both iPhone and Android devices.
Army Survival Guide
Off-roading is exciting, but its location encourages dangerous situations. While you might find that thrilling, you should also be prepared for when things go wrong. Fortunately, to help you stay cool and collected in case of prolonged emergency, there’s the Army Survival Guide for iPhone ($1.99) .
These apps will not only improve your off-roading experience but will keep you safe if you find yourself lost or injured without help.