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10 cool and surprising apps from insurance companies

Insurance company apps usually help you file claims and get quotes.

But along with those are some unexpected offerings well outside the bounds of policies and premiums.

Here's a look at 10 of the coolest apps from insurers.

1. State Farm's Driver Feedback

Want to know how well you're driving? Using your phone's GPS and accelerometer, this app gives you scores for acceleration, braking and cornering and an overall score for every trip you record. The higher the score, the better your driving.

Why score those specific driving moves? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, hard acceleration, hard braking and hard swerves are three of the riskiest maneuvers a driver can make. Only you see the scores -- the insurance company does not collect any of the information, and the data does not affect your car insurance rates.

2. Fuelcaster by Esurance

Fuelcaster helps you figure out the cheapest times to fill up. While other apps show you current gas prices, Fuelcaster predicts whether prices will go up or down in the next 24 hours. Use your phone or any device with Internet access to go to and enter a ZIP code. Fuelcaster then tells you whether to buy or wait, based on what gas prices will do. It also lists up to 10 gas stations with the lowest prices in the area and tells you how much you'll pay now.

"Gas prices can vary by as much as $1 or more from station to station within the same ZIP code, so choosing the right station really matters," Esurance spokesperson Danny Miller says. "A consumer that uses Fuelcaster can potentially save themselves $20 or more per fill up, which can add up to $1,000 or more over the course of a year."

3. Allstate's GoodRide

The free motorcycle app lets you track your route, time and miles for every ride and store comments and photos. It also provides tools to plan rides, find gas, get a weather forecast, keep track of maintenance, keep a record of new and aftermarket parts you add to your motorcycle and call for roadside assistance. You can also set alerts for when your bike is due for service.

4. MetroMile

The app by the San Francisco-based insurer of the same name works together with the company's plug-in device for usage-based car insurance. Besides providing driving stats and figures for the cost of gas for each trip, the app locates your car if you've forgotten where you parked. And, if you're in San Francisco or Chicago, it helps you avoid parking tickets by sending you automatic reminders to move your car if it's parked in a street sweeping zone in those cities. That feature will become available in additional areas in coming months.

5. State Farm's MoveTools

With this app, you'll never misplace a toaster, or anything else for that matter, the next time you move. Designed for the iPad, MoveTools provides weekly checklists of moving tasks, and lets you go room to room on an interactive screen to virtually pack up all your things. You create and print your own packing labels for boxes, and the app keeps an inventory, so you can search for and find any item in case you lose track.

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