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This new Google Maps feature will save you big on gas

This new Google Maps feature will save you big on gas
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You know how handy it is to have a GPS app on your smartphone. If you're in an unfamiliar part of town, or just want a friendly voice telling you when to turn, map apps are handy and useful.

They can also save you from experiencing problems, whether it's getting lost in a bad neighborhood, or getting bogged down on a slow route to the airport. Increasingly, there are also little icons popping up on smartphone maps that show you things like nearby restaurants or stores.

Now, Google Maps is adding a feature that will save you money. And, considering that gas prices are still high at an average of $2.236 per gallon, according to AAA, we could all use help tracking down low gas prices.

Google Maps will now show you the price of gas stations along your route. When you tap on the gas station that will save you the most money, Google Maps will automatically reroute your directions to your final destination, without getting out of navigation mode.

You no longer have to waste time retyping your destination after you pull off the road at a random gas station that's probably ripping you off. To use the feature, tap the magnifying glass icon on the upper right side of the screen. (See photo next page.) Then, choose gas stations under the drop-down menu.

Next page: See Google Maps' gas prices
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