The best hidden map feature that will save you money on gas

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Here’s a question that keeps flying into my inbox: “How can I save on gas?” I understand. Every stop at a gas station these days is painful.

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Or maybe you need a reliable way to find the best gas prices near you. It’s frustrating to fill up and then see that gas is 10 cents cheaper per mile. Tap or click here to find the best app at the lowest price..

Once your tank is full, there are ways to extend its life. Anyone can do it with the GPS app.

Algorithms are good at predictions

If you drive to the same few places most of the time, you probably don’t use a map app to find out how to get there. You can use it to identify traffic jams and road closures or find the best route.

Traffic isn’t just disappointing; it’s also bad for fuel economy. Every time you hit the brake, you use more energy to get the car moving again. They burn fuel and reduce mpg. Traffic jams also mean more downtime and increased wear on brakes and engine components.

It’s easy to open a navigation app and see current traffic, but what if you want to see expected traffic conditions tomorrow or next week?

Whether you’re using Apple Maps or Google Maps, you can get a fairly accurate traffic forecast for a future date based on what conditions typically look like on that day and time. You can then fine-tune your departure time to find the ideal departure time.

The increase in gas prices caused a massive reaction across the country.

The increase in gas prices caused a massive reaction across the country.
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How to plan the most efficient route in Apple Maps

With Apple Maps, you can set your departure time or arrival time based on traffic and traffic conditions.

Here’s how you can see traffic jams depending on the departure time:

  • Open the Maps app and tap Search cards field.
  • Enter your destination and select it from the results.
  • Click Directionsthen touch I’m leaving.
  • Click Leave forselect date as well as time and then click Made.
  • You can see the traffic, distance and time of your trip.
  • Click Go next to the desired route.

You can also set your desired arrival time and see the best time to leave:

  • Open the Maps app and tap Search cards field.
  • Enter a destination and select it from the results.
  • Click Directions and then click I’m leaving.
  • Click to come toselect date as well as time, and then click Made.
  • You can see the traffic, distance and time of your trip and leave by time.
  • Click Go next to the desired route.

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Save time and gas with Google Maps

Google Maps works in a similar way. You can plan your next trip while the app analyzes predicted traffic, routes, and road conditions along the way.

Here’s how to set your scheduled travel time and date:

  • Open Google Maps and click on Search here field.
  • Enter destination and select it from the results.
  • Click Directions and then tap three dot button to the right of your location field.
  • Click Set your departure or arrival time.
  • To choose Departure to and type date as well as time, then press Made.
  • You will receive various route options and details such as time and distance.
  • Select a route and tap Start off.

Do you want to know when you have to leave in order to arrive at a place at a certain time? Here’s how:

  • Open Google Maps and click on Search here field.
  • Enter a destination and select it from the results.
  • Click Directions and then tap three dot button to the right of your location field.
  • Click Set your departure or arrival time.
  • To choose to come to in and enter date as well as time then press Made.
  • You’ll get various itinerary options, details such as distance and suggested departure time.
  • Select a route and tap Start off.

Use google maps? There are many useful features, from finding your car in a parking lot to sending your exact location.

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