You don’t have to go on a scavenger hunt to find the best gas prices in town. Between work, school, and family, who has the time or energy for that? Instead, try these free apps to find the cheapest gas near you!
- iTunes App Store Rating: 4.7 of 5 and 188.7K Reviews
- Google Play Store Rating: 4.6 of 5 and 754.6K Reviews
GasBuddy is one of the most commonly used apps to find the cheapest fuel in your area. Type in your address and GasBuddy will tell you exactly where to find the lowest gas prices, based on prices that other local users report.
The app lets you filter your results based on location, brand, and other service station features so you can make sure you’re headed to the perfect one.
In a review of the app on Google Play, one user claims they “saved almost $100 in gas alone just from going to the suggested gas fill-ups for the right price.”
Tip: GasBuddy is perfect for the always-on-the-go driver. It alerts you to upcoming price hikes so you can fill up your tank at just the right time!
- iTunes App Store Rating: 3.6 of 5 and 1.3K Reviews
- Google Play Store Rating: 4.2 of 5 and 9.4K Reviews
Similar to GasBuddy, Gas Guru allows you to put in your address and find the lowest fuel prices in your area. You can also compare gas prices near all of the places you regularly visit, like work or school. This handy app gives you directions to the service station and the time that the price was last updated.
Unlike GasBuddy, Gas Guru gets its data from OPIS, the Oil Price Information Service. Some Google Play reviewers “like this format better than Gas Buddy” as it has “fewer gimmicky distractions.”
Tip: People who drive for work will like Gas Guru’s easy-to-follow maps!
- iTunes App Store Rating: 4.8 of 5 and 1.4 Million Reviews
- Google Play Store Rating: 4.6 of 5 and 7.3 Million Reviews
Waze is a top-rated navigation app that provides real-time information about routes, from traffic back-ups to crashes and detours. Turns out, this time-saving app is a money-saving app too!
Search local gas stations, and sort your results by price or brand. Once you choose a gas station, Waze will show you the fastest route!
Waze has proven to be especially useful during natural disasters when roads are unexpectedly closed, and traffic starts to pile up. Multiple users mentioned Hurricane Florence in their review of the app on Google Play.
A user named Melanie wrote that Waze helped her “navigate through the Myrtle Beach area just a few days after Hurricane Florence,” and Jason wrote that the “app was a lifesaver” when Florence caused over 245 road closures in South Carolina.
Tip: Waze is perfect for road trips because it will show you how far off your route each gas station is, and the price to expect when you get there.
Other Ways to Save on Gas
With or without these handy apps, there are plenty of other ways to save on gas—starting with your driving habits. Conserve fuel by:
- Accelerating and decelerating gradually
- Driving the speed limit
- Scheduling your trips during cooler hours on hot summer days
- Skipping the long “warm up” in winter
- Maintaining the recommended tire pressure
These simple habits, if you practice them daily, could help reduce your trips to the gas station and save you serious cash.
That said, it doesn’t matter if you can find cheap gas if your car can’t get you there in the first place. Roadside Assistance can make sure you get the help you need when you’re running on “E” or stranded with a flat tire. To learn more, call or come into your local Direct Auto and Life Insurance today