Consumer Reports Recommends 5 Gas Apps to Save Money at the Pump

Thanks to high gas prices, daily driving costs much more than it used to. Now, more than ever, finding the cheapest places to fill up, getting better gas mileage, and identifying ways to save money at the pump are critical. That’s why Consumer Reports compiled a list of free gas apps to help you get better fuel economy. From identifying inexpensive fuel to planning gas-conserving road trips, these apps are worth a look.

1. GasBuddy

If you’re interested in locating the cheapest gas stations and finding exclusive deals, points, and savings, check out GasBuddy.

Plus, you can redeem everyday purchases for free fuel with GasBuddy’s no-credit-check-required card. Using the card can save you upward of 25 cents per gallon, Consumer Reports explains.

In addition, the app’s roster of free tools is handy on the go. They include gas price charts, price maps, fuel demand metrics, fuel insights, outage trackers, and a fuel logbook to help you stay organized.

You can even explore other amenities at each gas station, including restroom facilities and ATM availability.

2. AAA

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A gas station displays high gas prices on March 25, 2022, in Los Angeles | Mario Tama/Getty Images

Consumer Reports also suggests AAA’s free app. It’s a must-have when planning longer trips to help you plot where the cheapest gas stations are located on your route. Other app features include fuel maps, directions, and AAA member discounts for other services.

3. Gas Guru

iPhones users should check the App Store for Gas Guru. This free mobile app finds the cheapest gas available based on your location. You can also switch parameters to search fuel grades and sort results by distance or pricing.

You can even get more in-depth information on each gas station before deciding where you want to fill up your tank. However, this app is available only in the App Store.

4. Google Maps

If you’re in a bind, use your mobile device to pull up Google Maps. Though great for real-time traffic alerts and turn-by-turn directions, Google Maps also provides nearby gas prices. You can do a quick search of the fuel stations around you, choose the cheapest, and get directions to the pump.

5. Waze

Like Google Maps, Waze is another mobile app for quick and easy driving directions. But you can also plot a course to find the cheapest gas prices.

In the app interface, the gas station option is available just below the search bar. Once you click on the gas pump icon, the map will fill with nearby stations, including their current fuel prices. Selecting the gear icon will change the view to a list. From there, you can choose a station and plot your course to cheaper gas.

Fuel economy and gas prices are important to drivers these days. So check out the above Consumer Reports-recommended apps to help save money. Find the cheapest gas stations near you, and be frugal about planning road trips this summer. Every dime you can save at the pump or cashback reward you can earn will add up quickly and help more than you think.

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