The most wonderful time of the year is approaching. Get ready to spend quality time with loved ones, last-minute shopping and home-cooked meals.
In order to help you save time, money and your sanity, Google Maps has shared 5 must-have Google Maps tips and tricks for navigating with ease during this season.
1. Look for stops along the route
Did you forget something important for your holiday meeting? Start navigating to your destination and tap the magnifying glass in the top right corner of the app. You’ll find convenience stores, rest areas, gas stations, hotels and much more along the way to avoid a major detour.
2. Share your route
Late for the festivities? Let your friends and family know you’re on your way by sharing your route directly on Maps. When browsing, tap on the bottom and then on “Share your trip progress”.
3. Drive sustainably and save money on fuel
Use eco-friendly routes to view and choose the most fuel- or energy-efficient route to your destination, whether it’s an ice rink or a mall, whenever you browse Google Maps. You can also search for “gas prices” to see the price of fuel at nearby stations and choose the cheapest option.
4. Find your way around the house quickly with the Directory tab
If you plan on shopping or traveling this season, you can search any mall, airport or public transport station and tap the “Directory” tab to see which companies are in – just like if a specific car rental company is located at the airport. You’ll also see useful details, like which floor you’re on and if it’s open.
5. Avoid holiday crowds with occupancy information
Nothing dampens a festive mood like long lines. Search anywhere on Google Maps – like a bakery, grocery store or airport – and open your business page. Swipe down to see how busy you are at the moment or how busy you tend to be on a given day and time to save time.
These are useful tips to use on Google Maps during the festive season, but for any time of year.
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