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Gas prices: AAA app searches for fastest, cheapest gasoline

If you own an Apple Watch, you can look at it for the fastest or cheapest gasoline after checking your car’s fuel gauge with a new app function by AAA.

The driver’s aid might come in handy. AAA Travel forecast Tuesday, Nov. 13, that 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for the Thanksgiving holiday, an increase of 0.6 percent over the previous year. More than 89 percent of holiday travelers will drive to their destinations, the AAA said.

The organization also forecast the lowest Thanksgiving gasoline prices in the past seven years.

The AAA Gas Price feature for the Apple Watch searches for gasoline station prices in a radius of several miles of the user, who can program the app to identify either the fastest — as in nearest — or the cheapest gas.

The functionality updates gas prices in the United States and Canada seven times a day.

Users can also program what grade of gasoline they want. The watch can give turn-by-turn voice directions to the chosen station, or a passenger can take over the navigation.

Program it before you get on the road, of course.

The Apple Watch feature “puts consumers in charge of their time and helps them make decisions on how much money they spend on gas,” AAA president and CEO Marshall Doney said in a statement.

The Apple Watch feature is a riff on the free AAA Mobile App for iPhone, iPad and Android that can be used to map a route, check gasoline prices, access member discounts and find AAA-rated lodging.

In related news, Expert: Gas prices likely to hold steady.

This article was written by Richard K. De Atley from Press-Enterprise and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.