Google Maps: How to use fuel-efficient routes

Google Maps: How to use fuel-efficient routes

There are a couple of things to consider when choosing a navigation route: which one will be the fastest? What is the fewest number of miles? Google Maps can also show you which route will save the most gas.

Google Maps takes into account factors such as road incline and traffic congestion to figure out which routes are the most fuel efficient. It is not as simple as choosing the route with the fewest kilometers. By default, Google Maps will prefer these eco-friendly routes if the estimated time to arrival (ETA) is roughly the same as the fastest route. You can also manually choose these routes yourself.

Note: at the time of writing in October 2021, fuel-efficient routes are only available through the Google Maps mobile apps on iPhone, iPad and Android. It is not available on the desktop.

To get started, open Google Maps on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Search for the location you want to visit and tap “Directions”.

Tap "Directions".

Now you will see some possible paths you can take. If Google Maps has already selected the most fuel efficient route, you will see a leaf icon on the route highlighted in blue.

Ecological path.

If the fuel-efficient route isn’t already selected, simply tap it to make it your route.

Choose the ecological path.

With the desired route selected, tap “Start” to begin turn-by-turn navigation. Are you coming!

"Start" navigation.

It’s a shame that Google doesn’t make this feature available in the desktop version of Google Maps. Sure, it’s a navigation feature, which means you’re very likely to use it on your phone in your car. But it would be nice to be able to use the desktop for planning, and you can send directions from your desktop to your phone.

Whether you’re looking to be environmentally friendly or just want to save some money on your next road trip, this is a little tip to know. Google Maps has many tools to improve road travel.

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