Simple Ways to Make Driving Easier

This story first appeared in the October 2013 issue of Entrepreneur. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If the prospect of acquiring an almost-new vehicle on a short-term lease (typically 18 to 24 months) with no down payment sounds enticing, look to sites such as Swapalease.com, LeaseTrader.com and TakeMyPayments.com. These online clearinghouses provide a platform to negotiate directly with lease owners who are motivated to shed their cars.

OK, you've got your vehicle. When trying to get from A to B in the most efficient way, check out Waze, a free, crowdsourced traffic and navigation smartphone app for iOS and Android. Fed by info from a network of some 50 million U.S. drivers, Waze offers real-time reports on traffic, accidents, construction zones and road hazards. It also locates the cheapest fuel prices along a given route.

When you're working on the road, the IRS generously lets you write off 55 cents for each mile driven. But tracking those miles can be a pain. That's where the Milelogr app ($2.99) comes in. It syncs with your desktop calendar's appointment list, attaching mileage numbers to off-site appointments and trips, to automatically create exportable Excel spreadsheet files tailored specifically for tax returns.

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