Your smartphone can help you increase your gas mileage

There’s an app for pretty much everything these days.   And now there’s three new apps that can actually help you get better gas mileage and decrease the amount you spend at the gas station.

MyMPG – this app uses the iPhone accelerometer technology to tell you if you are driving too aggressively and wasting gas.   Once you download it and position your iPhone correctly in your car, it’ll sound an alarm if you get off to a jackrabbit start or brake too hard.   Slower acceleration and not tailgating (which often causes the need for quick stops and hard braking) will help your gas mileage.    The app also has some record keeping functions so you can keep track of your gas mileage over time.  MyMPG is a free download from iTunes.  It’ll work with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, but it’s not available for other smartphones.

Accufuel –  this app excels at record keeping.   You can keep data for more than one car, and for cars made after 1998, it will show you and compare your performance to the original EPA mileage figures.  Some graphing functions are available, so you can see how your fuel economy changes over time – for example, if your gas mileage starts dropping, maybe its time to get your car and your tire pressure checked.   Accufuel costs $.99 and is available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android.

CarCare – this app also provide fuel economy record keeping, but it really shines in keeping track of car maintenance.   You can set it to give you reminders when you need things like oil changes, tire rotations, etc.  It costs $2.99 and works on the iPhone.

via: CBS MarketWatch

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