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Although gas prices are currently lower than they have been in years, saving a little pocket change is always a good thing. Americans spend $1,000-$3,000 on gas each year. This average can vary due to commuting distance, market changes, and vehicle health.

Even if you’re not the best at shopping for gas, there’s an app to help. Mobile apps can save you money by helping you efficiently manage your vehicle’s mileage and fuel costs. Test your vehicle’s performance or find the nearest gas station with the best prices. Do the basics well with some app help.

Please note that while the apps listed below are related to driving and your vehicle, you should never use your smartphone while driving. For the safety of yourself and others, please only use these apps either before or after your commute has taken place.

FuelLog (Android, Free)

FuelLog

One of the oldest and most trusted apps designed to help you save money on gas, FuelLog FuelLog: Track Your Cars Gas Mileage [Android] FuelLog: Track Your Cars Gas Mileage [Android] Read More is free to download and use. A unique feature — FuelLog supports electric cars and provides a detailed report of your gas usage and expenses. You can anticipate gas costs by using the fuel calculator and track vehicle maintenance within the app.

The Pro version of FuelLog is available for $2.59 on Android only. It includes an unlimited number of cars, graphs, and cost entries in an ad-free environment. With FuelLogPRO users can import or export data, making in-depth analysis of expense costs simple during tax season.

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Either version of FuelLog can help you save money by increasing awareness of fuel expenses, trip costs and car maintenance issues affecting gas purchases.

Garmin Mechanic (Android, Free)

Garmin

Garmin Mechanic makes it easy to track your vehicle’s speed, total distance and mileage to help you save money on gas 3 Ways To Obtain Better Gas Mileage With Your Smartphone 3 Ways To Obtain Better Gas Mileage With Your Smartphone Fuel is a significant part of any vehicle’s overall cost to own. In some cases, money spent on gas can make up over half of your monthly car-related expenses. Even people who don’t drive often... Read More . It can be your mobile toolbox on Android smartphones and tablets.

Garmin Mechanic stands out from other apps because it analyzes fuel usage and vehicle performance over time. Entering your information at fill up provides insights into cost per mile, total fuel used, and approximate miles per gallon for one or more vehicles.

Pairing Garmin Mechanic with ecoRoute HD (a $99.99 upgrade) opens up more robust vehicle tracking tools, including real-time data about your vehicle’s essential functions. You can track everything from oil pressure to air flow while accessing precise fuel economy information specific to your vehicle.

GasBuddy (Web, iOS, Android, Free)

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Whether gas prices are falling or on an upswing, GasBuddy will help you save money 10 Great Apps To Manage And Save Money In 2014 10 Great Apps To Manage And Save Money In 2014 Since your smartphone is always with you, it’s a great resource for monitoring your budget, calculating interest or finding coupons. Read More by finding the least-expensive gas prices in your area. Perfect for savvy shoppers seeking the best local deal, GasBuddy is available online and via mobile apps.

Like Waze Waze: A Social GPS For Your Daily Commute [iOS] Waze: A Social GPS For Your Daily Commute [iOS] Out of all the navigation apps that are currently on the market, Waze may very well have the best concept. The only catch is that it doesn't have a "big name" backing it (like Google... Read More , it works by user participation. Fellow users update the database daily ensuring the app’s customers can access the lowest local gas prices.

Compared with similar apps, GasBuddy focuses on finding the cheapest gas prices in the area and where to find them. The database spans the U.S. and Canada, making it ideal for road trips and local travel.

GasBuddy also uses gamification to motivate users Tried And Tested: 3 Gamification Tools That Try To Make Your Life Better Tried And Tested: 3 Gamification Tools That Try To Make Your Life Better I'm a big fan of gamification, truth be told. I'd even go so far as to say our entire society should be gamified, with pleasures in life reserved as rewards those who actually contribute. Apparently... Read More to update the database. Reporting gas prices earns users awards, points and daily entries for a $100 gas gift card.

AAA TripTik (Web, iOS, Android, Free)

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Save money on road trips. AAA’s TripTik web and mobile apps do not need a paid membership for AAA to access the trip planning features.

Besides mapping travel distance, users can search for the nearest gas stations or electric car charging stations, which is helpful when comparison shopping in an unfamiliar location. Fuel-economy aside, you can also find nearby hotels, restaurants, pharmacies and other local amenities.

For AAA members ($66-$126 annually), the mobile apps offer more functionality like in-app roadside help requests, optional Passbook integration, and battery replacement quotes.

Gas Manager (iOS and Android, Free)

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Gas Manager is a helpful companion for frugal drivers. The freemium app tracks gas usage and expenses.

Tracking the first 10 fill-ups is free; then, an in-app purchase of $3.99 unlocks unlimited fill-up tracking. Using Gas Manager helps you save money by monitoring gas consumption, price and mile per dollar.

Viewing fuel data within the app also provides a glimpse of your vehicle’s fuel economy and efficiency. The app also helps track your vehicle’s carbon footprint How To Calculate Your Ecological Footprint Before The Earth Day How To Calculate Your Ecological Footprint Before The Earth Day Read More .

Helpful features like geolocation of your parking spot or the ability to find local gas stations and mechanics, add to the app’s value and money-saving potential.

For more apps with a wide variety of vehicle management features, check out these car mode apps The 5 Best Dashboard Car Mode Apps For Android Compared The 5 Best Dashboard Car Mode Apps For Android Compared Want a safe way to use your Android smartphone while driving? These car mode apps make it easy. Read More for Android.

Waze (Web, iOS, Android, Free)

Waze app

Like GasBuddy, Waze mobilizes the power of a community to ensure information is constantly updated.

Compared with traditional gas-related apps, Waze saves you time and money by providing traffic and road hazard information in real time.

It is particularly useful for those with long daily commutes. Waze can help you avoid traffic jams (a super inefficient use of fuel) and get to your destination quicker. The app also points you in the direction of the cheapest gas prices.

Specific data transmitted via Waze includes law enforcement traps, closed roads and accidents on local roads. A live map is accessible and customizable within Waze, allowing you to tailor the information shown to include only the most relevant updates. Users gain points for adding new data to Waze and using Waze as their GPS, making travel and fuel tracking a daily game.

Gas Guru (iOS and Android, Free)

gas guru app

Developed by Yellowpages.com, Gas Guru’s features are similar to those of GasBuddy, as the app helps you locate the nearest gas station with the lowest prices. But when have you ever just needed gas?

Whether you need an oil change or a quick bite to eat, Gas Guru points you in the right direction. Between enhancing the efficiency of your daily commute and finding the least-expensive gas stations in your area, Gas Guru can help you save a significant sum.

Built-in social sharing and location ratings make it easy to help friends save money on gas and shop at the highest-rated local businesses. In an emergency, Gas Guru also helps you locate nearby mechanics and ATMs.

Fuel price information is consistently updated via the Oil Price Information Service as opposed to the app’s community of users.

Dash (iOS and Android, Free)

dash app

Dash stands out on this list for two reasons. First, it does need extra equipment in the form of an on-board diagnostic device (OBD), which, depending on the vendor, begins at around $20.

Dash is a Bluetooth-connected app (itself free to use, minus equipment costs) that tracks your driving style, compares nearby gas prices, and even evaluates what the unexpected check engine light is signaling.

Dash offers real-time MPG information and custom driver scores, while saving you money by helping you become a better driver and scouting the best gas prices. It supports many vehicles.

One of Dash’s most exciting features is the ability to see your driver rating compared to other users, which is a motivator to consistently improve your fuel efficiency habits.

If an OBD device sounds like a good fit for you, you can also check your car’s performance with these other OBD devices How To Monitor Your Car's Performance With Android How To Monitor Your Car's Performance With Android Monitoring tons of information about your car is incredibly easy and cheap with your Android device -- learn about it here! Read More .

Where Will You Travel?

The average price of gas within a geographical area can vary by 10 cents or more per gallon. Using any one of these tools can save you a few dollars each time you fill up. Now that you’re equipped with apps to track and save every penny, where will you go with all the extra cash?

Can apps help where our own discipline fails? Which are the apps you would recommend for better driving habits?

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  1. Ann Droid
    February 22, 2015 at 12:29 am

    I use the Strava app to save gas.

    • Kayla
      February 23, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      So you always run or bike everywhere? That sounds great - wish I could do that! Thanks for reading, Ann!

  2. Guru
    February 21, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    BTW, GasBuddy and Waze are available for Windows Phone too !!!

    • Kayla
      February 23, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks for pointing that out!

  3. Mark
    February 20, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Another thing to note, the Yellowpages app has a built in gas price checker that is kept relatively up to day.

    • Kayla
      February 23, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      Hey Mark,

      Thanks so much for bringing that to our attention! Great tip!

      Kayla

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