If you’re a pastor or are self-employed, then tracking your mileage accurately should be important to you. I’ve tried quite a few different methods in the past, to no avail.
The mileage apps I had purchased in the past required manually entering in your start and end mileage. This worked ok for the first week or so, but then the system began to break down.
Eventually, I only tracked really obvious things. There were lots of little trips I’d forget about and wouldn’t end up logging. Not logging miles means lost money. Not good.
I recently discovered a great little app called MileIQ that I started experimenting with. The premise of the app is really simple. It essentially uses the internal GPS chip in your smartphone. When you begin to drive, it begins registering your miles. You can create alerts so that, at the end of the day, it will ask you to log the miles. How do you log the miles? Check out this promo video from their website to learn how:
It couldn’t be simpler: swipe right if they are business miles, or swipe left if they are personal miles. It also estimates how much each trip is worth.
So how does it work?
The app gives you 40 “free” drives per month. Once you hit that, the app asks you if you want to upgrade to unlimited miles. I used up my 40 free drives in about a week. Many of these were drives that I would never have logged.
There is some slight sticker shock to upgrading in this app, though: $59.99. I had never before paid so much for one app before. But here’s the bottom line: the process is so seamless; the app is so useful; that it essentially ended up paying for itself in less than a month.
It’s a set-it-and-forget-it app and process that you can’t mess up.
What about battery drain?
A big concern I had was how much of the battery it would drain. After all, I know how quickly the battery drains when the GPS is in use and it’s not plugged in. I did not want to see that happen with my driving. Does it drain the battery a little quicker than normal? Yes. By a little bit. But not as much as by having the GPS actively engaged. Evidently, it uses a system to register your start location and end location, but not how you got there, which helps to save battery. In my opinion, it’s well worth it, even if it uses a ‘tad bit more battery life than normal. I can always juice up more at the end of the day, but if I don’t register the miles, that’s money down the drain.
Buy it. You won’t regret it.
Hey guys, just wanted to give an update on a few things:
- MileIQ was kind enough to reach out to us here at this blog and they’re offering a 20% discount on a yearly subscription for Modern Ekklesia readers. Yaay! I continue to really like and recommend this app. It will make a huge difference for you. The code is: RODLIE20. <~~~~~~ And just to be clear, the period there is not part of the code. For full directions on how to redeem the code, you can go here.
- They’ve added some nice new features. One of the ones I like the most is their new pause feature. If you go to the settings on the app and click “Drive Detection” you can click to disable drive detection. I would do this, for example, if I was going on an out of town trip or was on vacation and didn’t need to track business miles. The problem is that you had to remember to enable it when you returned. I like how they updated it, though. Now, when you click to disable the drive detection, you can select when you want to automatically turn it back on. Very nice.
Comments? Questions? So what method have you been using until now? Let me know in the comments below or by clicking here.
[image by kaysha]