Now, I just can’t seem to get enough. I love being in the car, talking endlessly, eating yummy snacks, and anticipating the vacation destination.
They are also fun because we are able to bring our dogs on our trips as well.
Road trips can be expensive though, especially if you are going on a long trip. Gas can eat away at any hope of saving money. However, there are ways to save money when it comes to fuel.
To read some of my past road trip related posts, see below:
- Should You Rent a Car On Your Next Vacation?
- Vintage Camper Trailer Travel Plans
- Tips For Planning a Road Trip
- Is RVing For You?
- Positives and Negatives of Traveling With An RV
Below are five tips to increase your fuel mileage when on a road trip.
1. Lay off the gas pedal.
Driving aggressively can really hurt your fuel mileage. You should brake slowly and not harshly, drive the speed limit and not 100 miles per hour, and more. Driving over 80 miles per hour can start to significantly cut into your fuel mileage because cars aren’t equipped to go extremely fast.
Use cruise control, come to a stop slowly (this will prevent accidents as well), drive a steady speed, don’t speed up at a ridiculous rate, and more.
2. Keep up-to-date with car maintenance.
Staying current on your car’s maintenance schedule is very important and it can help to improve your gas mileage. It will also drive more smoothly and prevent many car problems that may occur on a road trip.
Make sure you have a clean filter, regular oil changes, properly inflated tires, and more.
3. Lose some baggage.
Every item that you add to your car can hurt the fuel mileage you receive. It hurts it even more if you have one of the roof cargo boxes and using one of those can actually damage your fuel mileage by up to an extra 25%.
So, before you decide to add hundreds of extra pounds, you may want to analyze what you really need and what you do not. It will make traveling more fun if you aren’t carrying tons of bags into your hotel each time also.
When was the last time you went on a road trip?
How much money did you spend on gas?