Ten Apps for Saving Money on Gas | Transportation
The “Low Fuel” indicator light comes on in your car. It’s time to fill up. You pull into the closest gas station and fill ‘er up. You shudder at the final price — it’s never been that high before. You begin to wonder if you should have just bought a Prius even though you hate how they look. You drive a block away and spot a gas station that’s 15 cents cheaper per gallon. You want to scream, but you know it’s not socially acceptable to do so. Okay maybe that’s just me wanting to scream, but it pains everyone at least a little. According to GasBuddy.com, fuel prices can vary by as much as 20 percent within a few blocks, so it can be very worthwhile to do a little comparison shopping before filling up your car.
As we all know, gas prices are Freddy Krueger scary right now, so you should probably read our tips for saving money on gas, then read below to see the iPhone and Android apps we recommend to help you do just that.Apps that Help Conserve Gas and Save Money at the Pump
fHere’s a look at the best money-saving tools for use with your phone or other handheld device:
1) GasBuddy: This app from Gasbuddy.com maps or lists gas stations in the area and can be sorted by price or distance to you. Listings are updated by users, who earn points toward prizes with each update. It’s free and it’s compatible with iPhone iOS 3.0 or later, Android 1.5 and up, http://gasbuddy.com/gb_mobile_instructions.aspx
2) Gas Hog: This app allows you to track the fuel economy of your car with each fill up, shows historical fuel economy statistics and gives you tips for improving your car’s fuel economy. It’s $.99, (you can’t even get the latest Justin Bieber song for that on iTunes, and it’s compatible with iPhone iOS 3.0 or later. http://www.adairsystems.com/gashog/
3) Gas Cubby: For $4.99 (what gas prices might soon cost per gallon), Gas Cubby will help you track your gas mileage, and it will also keep track of your vehicle’s maintenance and send you service reminders. You can also download a free version, which works the same way, but will show you advertisements. It’s compatible with iPhone iOS 3.0 or later. http://www.appcubby.com/gas/index.html
4) FuelFinder: This app uses data on gas prices and geo-location from Gasbuddy.com to show you pricing and locations of gas stations near you. With FuelFinder, you also find out information about the gas station, i.e., whether there’s a car wash, ATM, food mart, and approximate time to get to the station from where you are. It’s $2.99, (which doesn’t even get you a gallon of gas these days!) and it’s compatible with iPhone iOS 3.1.3 or later. http://www.bottlerocketapps.com/
5) iGasUp: This app has pricing data on 110,000 gas stations and gets its pricing data from credit card transactions that are updated in real time. Upon launch of the app, the ten cheapest gas stations closest to your location show up in order of lowest to highest price. It’s $.99, and compatible with iPhone iOS 2.2.1 or later. http://www.igasup.com/
6) Carticipate: This is an app that enables ride sharing within your network of family, friends and co-workers. You can post your ride and the app will match you to local participants that are going your way. It’s free, and compatible with iPhone iOS 3.1.2 or later and available on Facebook. http://www.carticipate.com/
7) TripTik: Useful app for locating gas stations and seeing pricing information. It’s extremely useful if you’re a AAA member because you can also see route maps, AAA offices locations, AAA approved hotels, restaurants, auto repair locations, etc. It’s free, and compatible with iPhone 3.0 or later. http://routemaster.aaa.com/iphone/triptik/support/
8) Waze: Avoiding traffic is one of the best ways to save on gas. This app uses real-time traffic updates from other users to help you steer clear of traffic snarls. Users report traffic jams, accidents, police traps, road and road hazards. Similar to check-in sites and apps, Waze offers badges and discounts for reporting. It’s free, and compatible with iPhone iOS 3.0 or later. http://www.waze.com/homepage/
9) Google Maps Navigation (beta): Google maps has updated it’s Android app to offer alternate routes to avoid traffic pileups. The previous app was able to identify where the pileups were, but could not offer routes to avoid the jams. No download necessary, Android will push the update to your phone automatically. http://www.google.com/mobile/navigation/
10) Route4me: This app optimizes your route when traveling to multiple destinations, allowing you to enter up to 200 addresses per route. Route4me claims that routes are usually 25-35% shorter after being optimized. http://route4me.com/.
And, there’s Car Spotter: Okay, maybe this one doesn’t save you on gas, but it saves you on sanity by recording the GPS location of your parked car so you’re not running around like a chicken looking for it, which probably makes you a more Zen driver, which is a very good thing for the entire driving ecosystem. It’s $.99 and compatible with iPhone iOS 2.0 or higher. http://gpapps.com/
With gas prices sky high and still rising, you may also want to consider the fuel economy of a vehicle before you buy a new car. Check out TrueCar’s list of the Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars to find out what your best options are for buying a fuel-efficient car. And, when researching car prices, you should visit TrueCar.com to find out the right price to pay for a new car.