Have you ever filled up your vehicle and immediately seen a better price and a different gas station? With a few simple tips, you can make sure you’re getting the best price in your area.
The problem with hunting for the best gas prices is that you’re wasting gas in the process. That’s why it’s best to find the best price before you start driving. We’ll show you some apps you can use to make sure you’re not wasting money on gas.
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The most convenient option for tracking gas prices is Google Maps. You probably already have the app on your phone, and even if you don’t, the Gas feature works in the browser too.
All you need to do is search for “Gas near me” or tap the “Gas” shortcut. Nearby gas stations become popular on the map (sidebar on desktop). Simply zoom and pan to see prices. Select a gas station to see prices for different fuel grades.
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Google Maps is a great resource for checking gas prices, but that’s not its main purpose. For more in-depth gas tracking features, you should try GasBuddy. It can track prices and provide alerts for gas hikes. You don’t need an account to use it.
GasBuddy is available for Android, iPhone and iPad. You don’t need an account to use it. After you get past the introduction screens and grant location permission, go to the “Find Gas” tab.
Here you will see a list of all nearby gas stations. The app may ask you to select your fuel grade. If it’s not there, you can select it from the toolbar.
Price increase notifications are enabled by default; You can find them by tapping the profile icon in the “For You” tab.
GasBuddy also takes input from users. If you find that the prices at a gas station are inaccurate, you can open the location in the app and report the updated prices to other people.
Those are the basics of using GasBuddy to find cheap gas in your area. There are a few other features worth exploring if you use the app a lot. This is a great tool.
Learn as you go
Google Maps and GasBuddy not only show you the best gas prices, but also help you learn. You will find that the cheapest gas is at the same gas stations. After a while, you’ll figure out which places have the best prices without having to check apps all the time.
You’ll find that cheap gas isn’t always the best place to go. It doesn’t make much sense to drive out of your way for better gas prices. However, you may find a gas station a little off your usual route.
The moral of the story is reconnaissance. By taking a quick look at these applications, you can save yourself some money the next time you need to fill out.
You have your phone with you anyway, so you can use it even at the gas station.
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