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Saving money on fuel is on pretty much everyone’s mind right now. But simply not driving isn’t exactly an option. Especially for those of us who have jobs to get to.

That’s where Google Maps’ eco-routing feature comes in. When you enable it, it shows you the “greener” route for your journey and tells you how much fuel you could save by taking it. It’s a great way to save money and help the planet too.

And don’t worry about being late for work. Even with this feature turned on, Google Maps still considers factors like real-time traffic and road conditions to ensure that you get to your destination in a timely manner. 

What is Google Maps’ Eco-routing Feature? 

Google upped their eco-friendly game with their eco-friendly routing option on Google Maps. It’s like your normal GPS, but better because it helps lower emissions and saves you some dough on fuel. And if you still need convincing, Google will still show you the fastest route, as well as highlight the more eco-friendly route. 

If you turn this feature on, you could help Google achieve their goal of avoiding over one million metric tons of carbon emissions every year. That’s the equivalent of removing more than 200,000 combustion-engine cars from the road. 

How does Google Maps’ Eco-friendly Routing Feature work?

Google-Eco-Routing-Leeds-to-YorkGetting the Google Maps’ Eco-friendly routing feature set up is super easy. The full instructions on how to enable this tool are here, but all it really boils down to is flicking a button in your Google Maps’ settings and selecting your engine type. You may find that this has been automatically enabled for you already. 

Then, when you put in your journey, you’ll get both the eco-friendly route marked with a leaf icon and an alternative route if it’s likely to get you to your destination faster. The tool also tells you how much petrol you’ll save if you opt for the eco-friendly option versus the longer option. 

The image below shows what this looks like in practice. As you can see, the slightly longer route between Leeds and York is marked with a leaf icon here and is likely to save you 12% more petrol than the faster route. 

You’ll always be given the choice to pick the faster option, but you’ll also be able to opt for the more eco-friendly option if they’re different. We think that’s a pretty sweet deal! 

Zixty’s temporary car insurance: Another eco-friendly way to save money on fuel 

Google’s eco-friendly routing feature has inspired many people to find ways to save on fuel. One other way to save on fuel is to use Zixty Miles, an optional add-on to any Zixty short term car insurance policy that allows you to make the most of your temporary car insurance. It rates your eco-friendliness on a scale from 1 to 10, taking into account factors like speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering. It’s not only good for the environment, but it can also save you money on fuel and maintenance costs! 

But that’s not all, Zixty Miles also offers carbon offsetting for up to 100 miles of each day’s journey while you’re a customer. Plus, we plant a tree every time you take out a new policy with Zixty Miles enabled.

So why not give Zixty Miles a try and become a green hero?

Using Google Maps’ eco-friendly routing feature to save money 

Google’s eco-routing feature is a great way to save money and help the environment! It uses Google Maps to calculate the most efficient route for your journey, taking into account traffic conditions, weather, and more. The best part is that it’s totally free. So why not give it a try? It might just help you save some fuel money and reduce your carbon footprint.