Essential App: Honk

It’s about time that there was an app for dealing with car emergencies: Honk provides a pretty convincing argument for ditching your Triple A membership. The app-based service offers tows, tire changes, jump-starts, fuel, lock-out services, and more without a monthly membership, including some great perks. First, they’ll give you a “Guaranteed never-to-exceed” price, blessedly including tax and tip that you can lock in before you summon the service, meaning you won’t have to haggle with the tow truck driver or get stuck at the end with an overpriced bill. The app also lives on your phone, separate from your vehicle, so it can be used when you’re in a rental or driving with a friend. Best of all, you can pay through the phone. It brings some serious peace of mind to parents of new drivers, too.