If you’ve bought a hybrid and you’ve got a smartphone in your pocket, it only makes sense to use your phone to your advantage. Among the hundreds of thousands of apps available on the market, there are dozens that can help you save money and decrease your carbon footprint. Pull out your phone and immediately download these five green driving apps.
Save the Environment with these Green Driving Apps
Anyone who has ever tried to find a parking space in Boston or New York City knows that you can easily spend hours driving in circles looking for a spot. Driving around the block dozens of times not only wastes time, it wastes gas. The PrimoSpot app uses geo-location, and can help you find a parking garage quickly and easily, giving the rates so you know what you’ll be paying. The app will also tell you when you can park on the street and where you may be able to park.
Did you know that by avoiding red lights, you could increase your fuel economy by five percent? You can also cut about that same amount of time off of your commute. The makers of Green Driver know this and created their app to help you avoid those pesky red lights. At launch, the app was only available for use in Portland and Eugene, Oregon, but it is slowly spreading to include major cities across the United States.
One of the biggest concerns that consumers have with purchasing electric vehicles is the effect the cars will have on their utility bills. With the MyFordMobile app, you simply couple it with your Ford sync system to make sure that your vehicle only charges when rates are at their lowest. The thinking behind this app is twofold: People will save money and, because they’ll do so, more people will consider purchasing electric vehicles in the future.
There are dozens of apps available that can help you find cheap gas, but GasBag takes it several steps further. Instead of just telling you where the closest gas station is and where you can find the best prices, the app lets you input your mileage, location and time each time you stop to fill up. The app is a great way to save money and keep track of your fuel consumption at the same time.
There may be no bigger time or gas waster than taking the long way to your destination or getting lost. By installing Google Maps on your smartphone, you’ll always know the quickest way to get where you’re going. Additionally, the app can help you get to your destination even if you’re on foot, on your bike or riding the bus. If you’re looking for a GPS app that can get you where you need to be, Google Maps should be your first choice.
Buying a hybrid car doesn’t mean that you are instantly exempt from driving intelligently. By installing these five green driving apps on your smartphone, you can rest assured that you are being as environmentally friendly as possible while cruising down the road. If you can’t walk to your destination, you can at least drive green.
Kira Jensen lives and writes in London. She writes for www.carinsurance.org.uk where you can find more information on car insurance, trips, and tips for saving money when you drive.