You love your car, but you don’t love the costs that come along with driving and maintaining it. Thankfully, there are a handful of free mobile apps that make it easier to cut costs at every corner. There are apps that help you avoid traffic to find a more efficient route to your destination, apps that help you find the cheapest gas prices in your area, and even apps that help you avoid speed traps and a potential traffic ticket.
GasBuddy is a free app that helps you find the cheapest gas near you. GasBuddy relies on its more than 32 million subscribers to report fuel prices in their areas, which they do pretty regularly. Any user can report a gas price, even new users. The reported prices are time stamped too, so you’ll know if they’re up to date. Each time you report or confirm a gas in your area, you earn points towards entries into drawings for free gas and other prizes.
For drivers that are super fuel savvy, GasBuddy’s website offers a Trip Cost Calculator that can show you the cheapest gas for each fill-up on your road trip route. It gives you an estimate of your total fuel cost for the trip, your savings, and even your carbon footprint.
Routine, seasonal maintenance on your car can help prevent major repairs down the road. aCar helps you track your fuel mileage, your car’s maintenance record, and related expenses, so you can really see how much your car is costing you. You can monitor multiple vehicles on the app and customize reminders to notify you when your car is due for an oil change or major service. That way, you can make minor adjustments to your budget to help pay for these preventative measures, instead of being blindsided by potentially time consuming and costly repairs later on.
Similar to aCar, myCarfax lets you track your car’s maintenance records, but also connects your vehicle type to the manufacturer’s recommended service schedule and also. You’ll be notified of recalls, get alerts for upcoming service, and find service shops trusted and reviewed by Carfax. The app will update automatically when new service information gets reported about your car.
Speeding tickets are expensive and could even turn your cheap car insurance into “not-so-cheap” car insurance. Trapster relies on its more than 20 million users worldwide to report speed traps, red light cameras, and speed cameras so you can better plan your route to work, school, or vacation destination. Please note, we want you to stay safe on the road and advise that you go the recommended speed limit at all times.
DirectDrive helps you monitor and improve your driving behaviors, and could even help you to improve your gas mileage. It gives you real-time feedback on your braking, acceleration, and speed — all potential gas guzzlers. After only a few trips, you’ll better understand your driving habits and be able to immediately start improving them. What’s more, you accrue points for each drive that you log and can compete with drivers in your area. The more points you rack up, the more drivers you could knock to the bottom of the leaderboard.
If you live in a dense city center you know how difficult it can be to find cheap parking, or any parking spot at all for that matter. BestParking shows you where the cheapest and most convenient parking garages and lots are in the area of your choice. You can compare prices on an interactive map and in the words of the developers, “save hundreds of dollars” on parking.
Are there any free apps that you use to help you save money on the road? Let us know below and share your experience the community!
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