Gas prices remain stubbornly high and with summer right around the corner, road trips and travelling will put a dent in the wallet this season. However with some planning and preparing, it’s possible to maximize your fuel mileage so that you can have cost effective road trips with your familia in the coming months.
Max Bohbot, President of penny auction site Beezid.com, offers Casa Latina tips on how to get the most out of what you’re paying for at the pump:
Drive Consistently and Carefully
Avoid braking hard or accelerating unnecessarily quickly, you waste gas each time you accelerate just to brake a few seconds later.
Do Your Research
Calculate how much a trip will cost in gas (you can use AAA’s gas calculator) and then compare it to bus, train or air fares.
Cash Not Credit
Pay for gas with cash instead of charging it to a card, you’ll save a few cents per gallon. Sometimes you can buy gas cards at a discount on sites like Beezid.com.
Fill ‘em Up
Check that your tires are inflated according to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure. By maintaining well-inflated tires, you ensure your car is getting better mileage than on under-inflated tires.
Invest In A GPS
Using a GPS cuts down on the chances of getting lost while driving to your destination which can waste time and gas. You can check out Beezid.com for deals on the latest GPS models.
The More, The Cheaper
Try and carpool to destinations and split the costs of transportation costs.
The One Minute Rule
If you’re going to idle your car for more than a minute, it’s worth turning off the engine. If it’s going to be under a minute, just leave the car running.
Quality Goes A Long Way
Make sure to have your car or motorcycle inspected before you take a road trip, it’ll save you money to fix anything that might need repairs before your trip instead of potentially breaking down on the road which can become a costly inconvenience.