This Free Driving Analytics Device Is Awesome, Could Save You Some Major $$$

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If you have a car that was made after 1996, MetroMile is giving out free devices that easily plug into your rides diagnostic port and basically give you Nike FuelBand-esque data for your ride. The corresponding app shows your miles per gallon, how much cash you're burning on gas, the amount of time you spend in your car, a built in GPS for when you forget where you parked, and it even alerts you if forgot your ride was in a street sweeping zone. Here's a few shots of the app in action...

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Beautiful, right? It honestly only takes two minutes to setup, which we were blown away by. If you think this is going to be a grueling and complicated process to get up and running like we originally did, think again. Could not have been easier. The app design is really gorgeous too, making it not only fun to use, but a breeze to use. Simple things, like the percent of gas you have left, is a nice thing to quickly check if you're planning out your morning and trying to see if you really need to stop for gas or not. Also loved the fuel cost breakdown, which highlights how much cash you're throwing around getting from point A to point B. As weird as it sounds, it makes you drive smarter and more cautiously. And did we mention it's free? There's literally zero reason not to download this.

The most exciting thing about MetroMile, however, is how much money it can save you on the insurance side of things. It's done on a per mile basis, and if you drive under 10,000 miles a year, the average customer saves around $400 a year compared to going with one of the slimy run-of-the-mill options. It's fair, transparent, easy to understand, and beautifully done. Currently only available for residents in California, Oregon, Washington and Illinois, but they'll be expanding soon.