Google Maps factors things like road incline as well as traffic congestion to figure out which are fuel-efficient routes. It isn’t as easy as just choosing the route with the fewest miles. By default, Google Maps will prefer these eco-friendly routes if the estimated time to arrival (ETA) is nearly identical to the fastest route. You also have the ability to manually choose these routes yourself, too.
There are a few things one should consider when choosing a navigation route: Which is the fastest? Which makes us cover the fewest miles? Google Maps has the ability to also show you which route will save the most gas.
Use Fuel-efficient routes in Google Maps: Step-by-step guide
- Open Google Maps on your iPhone/iPad/Android gadget. Search for the location you want to visit, then click on “Directions.”
- You will now be able to see a few possible routes you can travel through. If Google Maps has already selected the most fuel-efficient route, you will be able to see a leaf icon on the blue highlighted route.
- If the fuel-efficient route isn’t already selected by Google Maps, all you need to do is to click on it to make it your route.
- With the desired route selected, click on “Start” to begin the turn-by-turn navigation.
Regrettably, Google isn’t making this feature available in their desktop version of Google Maps. As it’s a navigation feature, which kind of implies you’re most likely to be using it on your phone in a car, and not on a computer. However, it would be nice to be able to use the desktop while planning.
This little tip will help you be environmentally friendly or will help you save some money on your next road trip. If you liked this article (or if it helped at all), leave a comment below or share it with friends, so they can also know How to Use Fuel-Efficient Routes in Google Maps?