May is National Eco-driving Month. The new app CarPrint helps drivers use less fuel by teaching drivers fuel-saving pratcies.
CarPrint is teaches users to eco-drive, a practice known to reduce fuel consumption by 10 to 20 percent without cutting back on distance traveled. The app tracks fuel use, speed, and distance traveled second-by-second to calculate the vehicle’s fuel economy and environmental impact.
Eco-driving is a well-established and simple concept. Truck drivers have been doing it for years to save fuel and it’s already quite popular among drivers around the world.
CarPrint ist turns eco-driving into a game. Drivers win by beating their vehicle’s fuel economy ratings for city and highway driving.
- The average driver spews about 5 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year. Improving fuel economy by 20% keeps one ton of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
- Using CarPrint helps drivers learn a more relaxed and mindful driving style that saves money and helps fight climate change.
The CarPrint app takes the boredom out of driving, reduces your carbon footprint, and saves you money.
Driving efficiently can not only save people money, but can reduce ozone pollution, which is a trigger for many lung health issues like asthma and lung cancer.
The app with the OBD device through the membership service shows a monthly trip calendar, suggests route ad locates the vehicle. You can buy a Bluetooth OBD dongle directly from CarPrint for $11.99 (it ships from Amazon for free). It looks like you can supply your own OBD device, as well. This makes it one of the least expensive OBD devices with apps available.
In honor of National Eco-driving Month, here are 8 eco-driving tips that reduce fuel consumption and air pollution.
- Cruise control – Minimizing speed variation saves fuel
- Anticipate traffic signals and other road users
- Relax– Chill out; weaving through traffic wastes fuel
- Plan – Use Google Maps or Waze to avoid heavy traffic
- Reduce speed – Limit high speeds over 65 mph
- Idling gets you ZERO MPG
- No extra weight – Don’t use the trunk for storage
- Tires – Keep them inflated and rotated as directed
To track users’ eco-driving progress, the app uses an on-board data (OBD) scanner paired with the driver’s Android or iOS mobile phone or tablet. The scanner plugs into the OBD port near the steering wheel and transmits driving data via Bluetooth to the driver’s mobile device. From there, data is uploaded to CarPrint, where numbers are crunched and shown to players.
The Android or iOS app are free. For the app to work you need to pair it win a OBD device. For a limited time those who sign up get free lifetime membership.