About two months ago, I wrote an article detailing my progress in improving my gas mileage. By making a few small adjustments to my driving style, I was able to improve my mileage by 15%. Today, I wanted to share a more general tip for saving money on gas: track your mileage mileage.
If you’re at all competitive or motivated by numbers, then I can virtually guarantee you that your mileage will improve, and thus you’ll save money, if you simply keep track your mileage at every fill up. Not only does this make you more cognizant of your driving habits, but it helps make a game out of improving your gas mileage.
The old school way of doing this is to simply keep a small notepad or ledger in the glove compartment and then record your miles driven and amount of gas purchased at each fill up. But guess what? If you have a web-enabled smartphone, it’s even easier. You can now track your mileage online using a web-based service.
The two such services that I’ve heard the most about are FuelFrog and Fuelly. Both of these sites allow you to update your information on the go. FuelFrog relies on Twitter, whereas Fuelly has a mobile version of their website.
After looking at the two, I’ve decided to create an account with Fuelly. To me, the mobile web interface is a more elegant solution than Twitter, and I also like that fact that I can easily compare my performance against that of other users.