(The Root) — Getting behind the wheel and hitting the open road can be a great way to unwind and see the country at ground level. And with these two apps, your road trip just got a little easier.

Whether you're headed out on the road for business or pleasure, don't go without the iExit app on your smartphone. Developed by Allstays.com, iExit uses the GPS on your phone to let you know what's coming up at the next exits on your route. The app works on interstate highways and shows you the upcoming exits, as well as how far away points of interest are from the exit. Find food, gas, lodging, hospitals, repair shops and more at the nearest exit or any exits that may be just ahead. Get one-touch calling for most locations and create a list of favorites so you never miss a Waffle House again. The iExit app is free for a limited time on Android, and $0.99 for iPhone.

And remember back in the day when you would flash your lights to the drivers on the other side of the road to alert them to a speed trap? Well, imagine having more than 16 million drivers flashing you along your trip! The Trapster app collects user-submitted data on speed traps, red-light cameras, accidents and general road hazards so you never get caught off-guard. But it's not just about speed traps, because of course you should be following all posted limits. Trapster also gives you real-time traffic updates, lets you share data between vehicles if you're a part of a caravan or share photos and trip details on social media to keep family up-to-date. Trapster provides all this and more and is free for iPhone, Android, Windows phones and Blackberry.

So while you're getting that cooler ready for your next road trip, don't forget about these great tech tools to help you along the way. Drive safe!

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