Waze traffic app provides cheap gas info

June 20, 2012 (CHICAGO)

When you're on the move, you may not have time to sit and look for gas stations with the cheapest prices. Well now, Waze, the app that gives you directions and real-time traffic updates can save you money on your next fill-up.

Waze is going beyond directions, accident information and construction updates and giving you real-time gas prices to help you find the cheapest deals on your drive!

"Cheap gas prices? I drive a cab and I'm always interested in cheap gas prices!" said Lamont Harper.

"I think it would be great, particularly based on what I just spent! I love it!" motorist Barbara Hausman said.

Finding those cheap gas prices is easy. First, make sure you've downloaded the latest version of Waze on your iPad, iPhone or other smartphone. Once you've done that and have the app open, tap on the menu icon in the lower left corner and tap "Navigate." You'll see the new "category" option; tap that to search for gas stations in your area, and that will show you real-time prices near you.

Here's another feature -- if you find a different price at a station when you stop to fill up, you can put in that information for other Wazers to see as well.

To report a gas price, tap on the tear drop shaped icon in the lower right corner and then tap gas prices. This will allow you to input the most current price.

The iPhone version of the Waze app does allow for hands-free use, but it won't let you make reports if you're on another smartphone and you're driving, so remember, safety first. The same great features of the Waze app are still there with this new version. You'll still get turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic conditions like crashes and construction, and you also can continue to give your own incident reports.

Remember, the easiest way to get Waze is to go to our website abc7chicago.com or the app stores on iPhone or iPad, and it's also available in the Android marketplace. Once you have it downloaded, make sure you join our Waze group - ABC 7 Traffic Trackers, so you can join all the other Wazers in our traffic community!

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