How to Save Gas (and money!) on Long Trips
Traveling far? Learn how to stretch that tank and your dollars with these tips!
Make as few stops as possible
If you need to use the bathroom, eat lunch, and fill up the gas tank within the same hour, why not do all of those things in one stop? You’ll burn less gas and you’ll probably get to your destination faster too!
The heavier your vehicle is, the harder your car has to work. So try to pack only what you actually need instead of what you might need. If your destination has a free laundry option, pack less clothing and do laundry while you’re there. It’s not fun doing laundry on vacation or a business trip, but it’s definitely a money-saving option.
You don’t have to buy an electric car to drive smart! According to travelandleisure.com, you can save money just by taking small gas-savings here and there. In order to save gas, they advise:
- Drive 55.
- Don’t stop and start.
- Use cruise control.
- Watch when you fill your tank. [Don’t overfill!]
- Drive when it’s cooler outside.
- Use the AC [instead of opening the windows.]
Buy the cheapest fuel
Download an app like “Fuelzee” to help you determine which exits have the cheapest gas options. You can plan your stops around the app suggestions and save quite a bit of money!
Check your tires
Make sure your tires are properly rotated and inflated before making a long drive. Over time, tires that haven’t been rotated regularly and are not inflated enough cause your engine to have to work harder, which burns more gas.
Keep these ideas in mind as you plan your next long trip. You’ll be saving gas and money in no time!