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A Guide to the Best Apps for Van Drivers

March 3rd, 2023

Smartphones have revolutionised every aspect of our lives, including our driving experience. From music streaming services to navigation apps, modern app technology has a lot to offer those who spend a lot of time behind the wheel.

While you should never use your phone while driving, there are a number of apps that can be set up prior to beginning your journey and left running in the background. Such apps can deliver a range of benefits, such as convenience, financial savings, and even improved business operations.

Keep reading to discover some of the best apps for van drivers to install.

Google Maps

The Google Maps app is an indispensable tool that we think all drivers should utilise, especially when taking an unfamiliar route. Unlike a built-in or purpose-built satnav, Google Maps is always up-to-date, offers multiple route options, and allows users to narrow these down depending on their preferences – e.g. avoiding motorways or tolls. This reliable app also offers turn-by-turn navigation that can be linked up to your vehicle’s infotainment system for easy and accessible instructions.

Admittedly, users will need a secure data connection to access all of these features and plan a route, so it may not be the best option if you’re likely to be stuck in the middle of nowhere. However, you can save a map for offline use so, with a bit of advance preparation, you can easily avoid being caught out.


Waze is, in its most basic form, a turn-by-turn navigation app. However, it has a lot more to offer than a simple sat nav app; users can report incidents or speed cameras so that their fellow users are aware, as well as marking points of interest such as events, shortcuts, scenic routes, and more. The app itself can analyse data like journey time and make suggestions for alternative routes that may be quicker or less complex.


We’ve all been caught out by cash-only pay and display machines at some point, but not anymore. With RingGo, you can pay for parking via your mobile phone. If your chosen car park accepts RingGo payments, you will be able to select the relevant car park and your vehicle within the app, before then making a quick and easy payment. The app is incredibly user friendly and convenient, allowing you to extend your stay, download receipts, save favourites and more.


If you drive an electric van, Zap-Map can revolutionise your journeys by allowing you to search for available charging stations, plan longer journeys based on where you can recharge, pay for charging sessions, and share updates with other EV drivers. Users can also make their home and work charge points available to others as part of the Zap-Home and Zap-Work network.

Zap-Map is fast becoming the go-to data source for the EV industry. Not only will you be able to access charging point locations and status updates, but also the latest statistics, news, useful information, and tools for both current and prospective EV drivers.

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