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Summer is the season of travel and with gas prices on the rise we can all take any help we can get to save! Check out my favorite free phone apps to help cut your price at the pump.
For other gas saving ideas, also read 10 ways to save money on gas.
Apps to Save You Money on Gas
GasBuddy – GasBuddy is my favorite gas saving app in the market. Not only is GasBuddy one of the best it is completely FREE! GasBuddy is an app that uses your location to show you all the gas stations near you and the price of gas is at each one. You can sort gas stations based on distance or price. It is surprisingly shocking to see the differences of prices in your town! When you pass a gas station be sure to pull out GasBuddy and enter the price of gas at the station. You’ll earn points for helping others know prices and get rewards.
Waze – Waze is a GPS app that will give you the best possible route to your destination. It takes into account traffic and alternative routes to help you arrive in the fastest time possible. This can help save you a lot of money by keeping you from waiting in traffic jams while your car idles away all of its gas. Like GasBuddy this app is FREE! I have only just scratched the surface of Waze though. Waze is built by the community of users and their data. How? You mark hazards, wrecks, and even cops on the road. This is very helpful and can even save you a speeding ticket! We don’t travel anywhere without “wazing” our trip before we leave. Another fun feature, if you are traveling and meeting up with others you can all see each others eta and locations if you are connected as friends in the app! That part gets a little too fun on long group trips…
Gas Manager – Gas Manager keeps track of your car’s gas consumption, cost of gas per mile, your millage per month, and your millage per mile. This is a really cool, FREE app that helps you keep track of your cars performance to make sure you are getting the optimal gas millage for your car. It also can handle multiple vehicles. The data is presented in easy to read graphs or lists.
Gas Cubby – Gas Cubby is a great app to have in your iPhone. It is FREE if you don’t mind ads (the ad free version is $4.99). Gas Cubby keeps track of your gas millage like Gas Manager but also keeps track of your cars maintenance and check ups. This is a great way to remember to change your oil, get your tires rotated and more. The app alerts you when it is time for scheduled maintenance and will continue too until you take care of it. This helps you get the most out of your tank and save on gas!
*Note: Some newer model cars come with their own app. For example the On star app that works with newer model Chevy & GM cars. I can lock and unlock my doors, remote start the car, and even see how much gas is left without being in the car. It also will alert you if the car is due for maintenance. This is a free app and does not require Onstar service plans. Check to see if your car is app worthy.
Route4Me – Taking the kids to school, picking up the dry cleaning, stopping by the grocery, and visiting your mom in one afternoon can be very hectic. You can end up driving all over town and wasting a lot of gas. Thankfully the app route4me takes all that into account and provides you with the best possible route! This can save you a ton of time and gas as the most efficient route is provided for you. This is a great idea and really cool app. The app is free but you need to pay if you use a lot of addresses but you can still get a lot of use from it for free!