Don’t ignore clever NEW Google Maps update – it could save you money

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YOUR next road trip could be a bit cheaper thanks to a Google Maps update that’s rolling out.

The tech giant will start showing toll prices within the navigation app for the first time.

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New feature is only available in US, India, Japan and Indonesia for nowCredit: Alamy

It means you’ll be more aware of how much your route will cost – and allow you to consider an alternative route that may work out cheaper.

The move comes as motorists across the world feel the pinch at the pump.

UK drivers have been warned that fuel prices could hit £2 per litre.

There have already been examples of some petrol stations crossing that eye-watering price.

One station in affluent Chelsea was seen charging drivers £2.38 for unleaded on Thursday.

Meanwhile petrol prices topped $5 a gallon for the first time ever in the US this week – though it’s still significantly lower than across the Atlantic.

“You’ll see the estimated toll price to your destination before you start navigating thanks to trusted information from local tolling authorities,” Google announced.

“We look at factors like having a toll pass or not, what the day of the week it is, along with how much the toll is expected to cost at the specific time you’ll be crossing it.

“You will have the option within settings to show toll prices with or without having a toll pass – as in many geographies the price changes based on the payment method you use.

“You will also still have the option to avoid routes crossing toll roads entirely, if possible, by selecting ‘Avoid tolls’ within settings.”

For the moment, the feature will only be available for almost 2,000 toll roads in the US, India, Japan and Indonesia.

But the firm said it plans to add more countries soon.

Motorists currently face huge prices at station pumps

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Motorists currently face huge prices at station pumps
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