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Panic Sets In as $4 Gas Prices Begin Appearing Across the US
Back in February of last year there was growing concern that unrest in the Middle East would result in record gas prices come the peak summer driving season, a scenario that nearly occurred as gas prices approached the $4 record set in the summer of 2008 but fell back after peaking at $3.90 in May.
We may not be as lucky this year as gas prices are well ahead of where they were in February of 2011, and $4 gas prices have already been spotted across the continental US in places like New York, Chicago and several locations in California.
Many analysts feel gas prices will exceed $4 a gallon across the US as early as this spring and reach as high as $4.50 by the peak summer months, possibly even $5 if tensions continue to build with Iran. The press has picked up on this in a big way especially as it factors into the upcoming presidential election.
Not surprisingly, visits to our popular fuel calculator app are soaring as consumers grow increasingly concerned about high gas prices and how they will impact things like upcoming vacations, commuting costs or car purchases. In fact January visits to Cost2Drive were more than double January 2011 and up 25% from December, and so far February visits are 20% higher than January.
But we’re not resting on our laurels, we’re getting ready to launch a whole new version of Cost2Drive.com with some great new features and a much improved visual design that we’re certain will delight our most fervent users.
Stay tuned for some news of the launch which we’ll be rolling out in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, we’ve recently enhanced our mobile app so if you have an iPhone check out the Cost2Drive iPhone app and never again wonder what it will cost to drive places.
Posted in Cost2Drive, gas prices, road trip, Travel, Uncategorized
Tagged fuel calculator, gas calculator, gas prices, iphone, iran, middle east, oil, road trip calculator, trip calculator
Our Holiday Gift to You! Save $1.99 Through Jan, 1, 2012.
In case you hadn’t noticed, gas prices in the US are now at an all time high heading into the week before Christmas as the price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline has remained stubbornly above $3.00. In fact gas prices are a full 30 cents per gallon more than last year at this time which, combined with an unprecedented hike in toll fees, makes this Christmas travel season the most expensive on record.
Rather than curse the darkness we’re going to shine a light on what it will cost to drive places this holiday season by offering up our new Cost2Drive iPhone application for free for the remainder of the year. Whether you’re planning a trip home to visit family and friends or planning that winter vacation to the Florida beaches or Colorado ski slopes the Cost2Drive iPhone app will help you budget for the trip by showing fuel costs and save you money by locating the cheapest gas at refueling points along the way. The app also makes it a breeze to quickly compare the cost of driving different vehicles with a simple swipe of a finger and displays the cheapest airfare so you can see if its cheaper to fly or drive to your destination.
Quickly Compare the Cost of Driving Different Vehicles With the Swipe of a Finger
The Cost2Drive iPhone app contains fuel efficiency information on over 20,000 cars and light trucks in the US going back to the 1990 model year and lets you save up to 5 vehicles in the app. It also provides the ability to enter your own custom vehicles making it useful for owners of RVs and motorcycles as well.
Manually Enter Custom Vehicles Like RVs and Motorcycles
So we’ve built alot of value into the iPhone app, but don’t take our word for it check out some of the great reviews the app has received, including this one from CNET TV.
Visit iTunes to download the new app today for FREE and let us know what you think. If you don’t have an iPhone, you can use our Website application to begin planning your car trips for 2012.
We wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday and a happy and prosperous New Year.
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Tagged christmas, fuel calculator, gas calculator, holiday, iPhone app, mobile app, travel app, trip costs, trip planner, vacation
Fly or Drive? An Easy Way to Compare Costs as reported by Herb Tabin of CBS 12.
Reviews, Press Mentions Catapults App into Top 10 Ranking
It’s been an exciting week since we launched our latest update to the new Cost2Drive iPhone app, version 1.0.1 with Kayak flight integration, and the reviews have been coming in fast and favorably. Right on the heels of last week’s great coverage by Sebastian Blanco at Autoblog and Craig Agranoff from CBS Radio Buzz 103, this week followed up with a bang with reviews from CNET, AutoGuide and CBS 12 TV.
On Tuesday Antuan Goodwin of CNET gave this great review of the Cost2Drive iPhone app followed by this TV segment from Herb Tabin of CBS 12, West Palm Beach, FL. The week culminated with another strong review by Amy Tokic at AutoGuide.
We were thrilled to see that the great reviews and media attention helped catapult the Cost2Drive iPhone app into a Top 10 ranking in iTunes, and are committed to constantly improving the app based on user feedback so look for more exciting upgrades in the very near future.
Thanks everyone that has purchased the app and please don’t hesitate to share your feedback by submitting reviews in iTunes or directly to us via the app.
If you haven’t downloaded the app you can get it here or by going to iTunes and searching on Cost2Drive.