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Gauge Your Vehicle’s Fuel Economy With iPhone Apps

Well, of course there’s an app for that.

With the cost of fuel steadily rising, tracking fuel economy has become an important part of the driving experience. More drivers are checking their fuel consumption on a regular basis and comparing their usage to the mileage numbers claimed for their particular model (and then trying to figure out how to improve it).

One option for checking your mileage is using an iPhone application, or app. There are several, all easy to use and informative.

How fuel-efficiency apps work:

It’s simple. When you start using a fuel-efficiency app, you’ll choose your vehicle from the list of vehicles that are supported (some apps do not include 2011 vehicles yet, for example). After you choose your vehicle, you only need to add information at each fuel stop. The app will calculate your mileage between refueling visits and your overall mileage for selected timeframes.

How to use the information:

One of the benefits of a fuel-efficiency app is the ability to compare your fuel mileage under different circumstances, such as city driving compared to long trips. You can also accurately measure how your driving style affects fuel mileage, since your fuel mileage is determined almost as much by how you drive as by the vehicle you drive.

A quick tour of the iPhone apps available (for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad):

  • Fuel Economy Calculator (99 cents) is a full-featured app with all of the bells and whistles, including a profile page that gives recommendations for tire pressures, oil grade and other important vehicle maintenance items.
  • Accufuel (99 cents) makes it easy to track fuel economy for multiple vehicles. Gives you a graphical view of your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.
  • CarEconomy (Free/99 cents for premium edition) is a more stripped-down app that focuses on MPG numbers. Can use GPS capabilities to track mileage.

NYE Automotive Group offers many new and pre-owned vehicles that help you save fuel without sacrificing performance or comfort. Come in and take a test drive and consult with our experts in sales and service to find the vehicle that is right for you.

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