Gas prices are skyrocketing and it’s not unusual to wince when you swipe your debit card through the card reader at the pump. According to USA Today, the average cost for a gallon of gas in America is $3.90 - only ten cents away from last year's high. Whether you’re commuting five miles to work and five miles home (which equals an astounding 200 plus work miles per month) or planning a trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. and back to check out the sights (which equals around $130 in gas if your car gets 25 miles per gallon on the highway), chances are you’re feeling the pinch. Since prices have stayed steadily high for more than five years, it’s not likely we’re going to see sub-two dollar prices at gas stations anytime soon.
But don’t despair: not all hope is lost. Whip out your mobile phone or tablet and let technology work for you. Your handheld device can triangulate your location with ease. It’s great for finding restaurants, gas stations or places to pull over and marvel at the view - but did you know your phone or tablet can also save you money on gas?
•GasBuddy is a popular app that rewards users with a gift card to help ease the burden of gas prices. Its database is user-generated, so make sure you’re sending in good gas prices you spot to keep it up to date. It’s available on iOS and Android.
•SmartFuel is less user-dependent and only costs $2.99 per year. The app is updated from gas price databases instead of its users. It’s also available on iOS and Android.
•Try car-pal+ if you’re hitting the road with a Windows Phone. It helps track fuel efficiency and reminds you when your car needs to be serviced.
Of course, there are alternatives to expensive gas stations - many of which are greener options. There are hybrid cars, public transportation, horses and electric cars - like our company car highlighted in our Mobile Biz Buzz 21 video. The Nissan Leaf can even be started from its corresponding iPhone app. And, the Nissan Leaf is totally green. It doesn't have a tailpipe or emissions. Goodbye gas, hello electric charge - now that's saving at the pump!
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