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In a jam? These smartphone apps can help. Picture this:

You’re lost in a strange town after midnight, your gas tank is empty AND that pothole you hit a few miles back flattened one of your tires. Zoinks Scoob, what do you do now? Use your AAA app to request a search and rescue! (Free)

Once your tire is fixed and your gas tank is refilled, you’re back on the road and you happen upon a one-car accident. The driver is unconscious and has been thrown from the vehicle. What do you do? Of course first call 911, and if they tell you to administer first aid, you’ll sure be glad you downloaded the First Aid app by the American Red Cross (Free). The great thing about this app is that it’s preloaded so you don’t need Internet access for it to work.

The next day you’re on your way home from work when you get a text that your in-laws have arrived at the airport. Eek! Not only did you forget they were visiting you forgot to make dinner reservations! Quick, just use your Foursquare (Free) or Open Table (also free) app to secure a table at your favorite Thai establishment and your marriage is saved! You can also access your OpenTable account, alongside all of your other accounts, on Manilla.com (free).

On the way to the restaurant you get stuck in baseball game traffic. Rather than panic and zig-zag your way through the back streets trying to noodle your own way out, just call on Waze (Free). It gives you real-time traffic info and using your phone’s GPS function combined with user data, will re-route you to a clear path to your destination.

Before ordering dinner, you notice coriander showing up in several dishes on the menu. You know your mother-in-law is allergic to cilantro, but isn’t coriander part of the cilantro plant? Or is it marjoram? Or are they all the same? Find out in an instant with an app like Global Eater ($.99) or Epicurious (Free).

You’re finally seeing your in-laws off at the airport, and as you’re waving goodbye, take that hand and pat yourself on the back for being smart enough to load your mobile device with bacon-saving apps. Thanks to your technology, you looked a whole lot smarter than they ever imagined you were.

Monica Ricci founded Catalyst Organizing Solutions in 1998 and has been helping people change their lives ever since. She is the author of Organize Your Office In No Time and was named one of the nation’s “Organizing Elite” by Forbes Magazine.

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