For expenses, for taxes, or for plain old metrics, here are the best apps to help track gas mileage right from your iPhone - no log books required!
Anyone who wants to be compensated for travel, be it from an expense account at work or from a deduction on taxes, knows how arduous and can be to keep - and remember to use - a written ledger. Luckily, mileage tracking apps for the iPhone can make it, if no less monotonous, at least a lot more convenient. Whether you're on the job or self-employed, need it for an expense or tax claim, or just want keep track for your own maintenance or metrics, the App Store has several options. Here are the best.
Trip Cubby is my personal favorite mileage tracking app because it has lots of options, and that means it can be used for a lot of different things. You can choose between trip types such as business, charitable, and medical. From there just enter your odometer readings and the vehicle you're driving, and Trip Cubby will take care of the rest. You can also add notes and additional expenses, and can also mark expenses and paid or unpaid as you're reimbursed.
For frequent travelers and people that need to easily email or produce expense reports for employers in order to be reimbursed, Trip Cubby is the best choices.
Update: Trip Cubby has been replaced with Mileage Log+
klicks is all about fast input. Launch klicks, start typing in the end destination, tap on it when it populates the search field, and go. (Your current location is used as the starting point.) You can add reasons for travel, change rates, etc. and once you're done, add it to your log. klicks also automatically records the return journey for you if you have the option enabled it settings. klicks supports exporting trip reports by emailing a .csv to any recipient you want.
If speed is more important to you than details, klicks is a great option.
TaxMileage is strictly focused on recording mileage for expense reports. You can add multiple vehicles and different companies, and use optionally GPS to make tracking trips even easier. TaxMileage also attaches decent looking route maps to the entries you make. TaxMileage is free to use but expense reports cost extra. Plans start at $9.99 a year and go up from there.
If you're a contractor or find yourself submitted expense reports to multiple sources, go with TrackMileage.
Triplog is a way to track travel automatically with no additional input required. If you're starting a trip, just open Triplog and start logging. There's no option manually enter trips. If you're good about remembering to launch it, though, Triplog is a fantastic tool that does pretty much everything for you. It's also got a great search feature that uses Google Places to give even better results.
If you typically drive to a lot of the same locations and don't need to separate mileage for reimbursement by different companies or reimbursement sources, Triplog will do just fine.
We know there's lots of you out there that travel for work frequently and bring your iPhones along. What kind of mileage tracking system do you have? Are you using any of the above apps or have you found something that suits your needs better? Sound off in the comments and let us know!