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30 May 2023 - 2 min read

Odometer

The odometer is the instrument in your vehicle that keeps track of the total distance traveled. It provides you with an accurate measurement of the mileage accumulated over the lifetime of your vehicle.

The odometer operates based on rotational motion. In mechanical odometers, a cable connects the rotating wheels to the odometer in your dashboard, turning a set of dials to display the mileage of the car. 

Electronic odometers, on the other hand, use sensors to measure the rotations of the wheels and provide that information to a digital display on the dashboard.

The odometer serves multiple purposes. It helps you keep track of your vehicle's maintenance schedule, such as oil changes or tire rotations.

An odometer is also a useful tool when recording your mileage for reimbursement purposes. The Driversnote mileage tracker has an option to input odometer readings, and will update its log of your vehicle’s mileage based on the distances it helps you track. 

By monitoring the odometer, you can estimate fuel efficiency, plan for scheduled maintenance, and assess the vehicle's wear and tear. It is a good initial indicator when assessing the condition and value of a vehicle.

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FAQ about odometers

Odo is shorthand for odometer. So an odo-reading simply means taking note of what the odometer in your vehicle is displaying.
Odo, or odometer, refers to the total mileage of your vehicle. In addition to this, many vehicles have the option to set an interval where the mileage is recorded from a starting point chosen by the driver. This is usually called “Trip”. This function is helpful if the distance driven in a particular interval is relevant, e.g. if you drive for business.

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