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While using a smartphone behind the wheel is illegal, your smartphone has the potential to enhance your driving experience.

To wit, here are two of five of the best car-related apps.

Automatic

  • Price: $99 (U.S.)
  • Available at: automatic.com

Available for both iPhone and Android, it is one of the most comprehensible offerings on the market. You plug in an accompanying device to your car’s data port, which then sends gads of information to your phone. It will monitor your car’s mechanicals to tell you when you need to change the oil and what the problem is when the “check engine” light comes on; it monitors and makes suggestions on your driving habits, will contact authorities in the event of a crash and even find your car for you in the mall parking lot. The downside? It only works in the United States.

Chamberlain MyQ Garage

  • Price: $124.99 (U.S.)
  • Available at: chamberlain.com

You’ve left the house for a date night, heading to that swank restaurant downtown. Wait a minute. Did you close the garage door? No need to sweat or take time out of your romantic evening; just check it on your smartphone. This app uses a supplied WiFi hub and door sensor to allow you – via your home’s Internet – to control the garage door. It works with most major brands of automatic door openers made since 1993, will alert you when your door has been opened or closed and will even remind you to close the door when it senses you’ve left.

Read more and find out what the other three are here.