The state of the economy being what it is means many of us have to watch our nickels and dimes and one of the bigger money guzzlers is the gas guzzler sitting in the driveway. If your money matters then you’re probably checking the mileage in your car. You can do it three ways. Free. Cheap. Complicated but interesting.
Business Or Personal?
If all you need to do is track how much gasoline your vehicle uses, there are a dozen iPhone apps that range in price from free to a few bucks.
Enter an odometer reading, add the amount and price of the gasoline, type in some notes, and… done.
All the mileage and distance and expense calculations are done automatically by the app. You don’t even need to know basic math skills.
Or, you can do the same thing the old fashioned way. By hand. On a piece of paper. And do the calculations in your head or scrawled out on paper or, if you’re particularly high tech, with a calculator.
It works, right? But what if you have a business and need to track not only gas mileage, but each location and the number of miles you drive, and the date and time of each trip?
That’s not so easy. AutoMile goes an additional mile beyond free, beyond the iPhone gasoline mileage apps, and into uncharted territory with an app that does what every tax preparer wishes some clients would do. Track the trips.
Instead of using a little notepad to track odometer readings and write down every place you went, use AutoMile to record where you went, from one location to another, and it tracks the distance traveled between locations, and keeps a running total of miles traveled.
How cool is that? AutoMile uses Google Maps to display each trip on a map. All you need to do to make your tax preparer happy is to enter the location. If that information is in Contacts, Address Book, Outlook, or available in vCards, then it can be imported into AutoMile.
This is a true business tool which could be considered perfect for the business person who tracks his or her tracks, from one place to another, to make sure the mileage is captured, so there’s less money going to the government and more money going somewhere else.
AutoMile is very useful, quite handy, and maintains accurate records which should save you hours of paperwork every year. It’s also an expensive Mac app in a sea of inexpensive mileage tracking apps for iPhone and iPad, both of which are more likely to be within an arm’s reach while traveling than your Mac.