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By Lauren C.
Gasoline. The world still runs on it, and unless you are able to always ride a bike or take public transportation, you probably need it to survive.
Unfortunately, gas prices are often volatile. They go up and down depending on current events in the world that you can’t control, and vary depending on the state you live in. For example, some states have higher gas taxes than others, such as California, Washington, or Nevada, while other states such as Texas, Arizona and Mississippi keep gasoline more affordable.
In an age where the economy is unstable, markets are volatile, and every penny counts, finding out how to save the most money on gasoline becomes crucial. You can’t always move to different states for a more reasonably priced standard of living, but you can take certain steps to ensure that you’re paying the least amount possible for certain necessities in life, such as gasoline.
Google Maps to the Rescue
Luckily, Google Maps has recognized this need and is ready to help out. They’ve recently added two features that help users find the cheapest gas prices in their area. According to Forbes, you can add a stop along your daily route that lets you compare and contrast gasoline prices along this route.
Google’s blog states that you can check out gas prices and add specific detours to your route in order to find the nearest, cheapest gas station. The best part is, you no longer have to exit out of navigation in order to search for the gas station of your choice.
How it Works
When you are driving home and need to pick something up from the store, you can tap the magnifying glass at the top right corner of the screen and you’ll see a drop down menu with many different options, including the nearest and most affordable gas stations or restaurants on your route. It will show the price for regular gasoline at each location so you don’t have to make a guess as to which one is cheaper.
This isn’t a brand new feature in map technology since GPS shows gas prices already, but it is a huge deal now that Google Maps is implementing this. Considering Google Maps is the most popular navigation app, it could have a potential ripple effect on which gas stations get the most visits or sustain the best reputation moving forward.
In a day and age where every penny counts, why not know how much you’re spending on gasoline? Thanks to Google Maps, now you can!
What do you think about Google Map’s new update? Will it help you when you plan your daily route? Let us know in your comments!