Summer is here and vacation plans are in full-swing. There’s no better way to see the sights and get to know a landscape than through a road trip. But with rising gas prices every summer, hitting the open road might not seem like the most budget-friendly vacation option. Some careful planning and keeping an eco-friendly mind can help you save money as well as reduce your eco footprint on your trip. Here are some gas saving tips to keep in mind before your start your adventure on the road:
Consider a Hybrid or Electric Car
Whether you’re thinking of renting a car for your trip or you are just in the market for a new car, consider hybrid or electric car. If you are thinking of purchasing an electric or hybrid car, there are some states that offer tax credit incentives for those that purchase alternative fuel vehicles. Meaning you could save on gas and get some money in return for your eco-friendly choice.
Hit That ECO Button
If you are using a fairly new car for your road trip you might notice a new “ECO” button on your dash. Some car manufacturers have installed this feature in several of their new models to give drivers the option to turn their car into a green machine at their choosing. Although many new cars might have this option installed, the features vary with each different model. In general, the ECO button usually switches the car to a mode that forgoes driving performance for fuel-efficiency. During a road trip this might be desirable to switch to a gas-saving option when you want to and then switch to a stronger driving performance when you need to such as, driving up a steep hill or when you need more acceleration.
Keep Up with Car Maintenance
Regular car maintenance will ensure that your car is using gas efficiently and reliably. Make sure your car’s oil and filter are changed and that the engine is in tip-top shape. Check your tires and make sure they are inflated and aligned properly to reduce road drag which can cause your engine to use up gas. Whether you are driving an electric car or a regular gas vehicle, good maintenance is key for saving gas.
Turn Your Car Into A Billboard
Saving money on a vacation takes good planning and in some cases, strong dedication. One option to help you keep your road trip cost-efficient is to turn your car into an advertising opportunity. Websites such as freegashelp.com and others partner drivers and companies that offer cash or gas cards to drivers willing to turn their vehicle into a billboard for their company. This takes some commitment as after your trip your car is forever an advertisement for the company you partner with.
Work Those Calves
One option that can give your wallet some rest but give your body a workout is to walk through some of your destinations on your trip. Take some inspiration from these Los Angeles Dodgers fans who parked their car in a neighborhood and hiked 22-miles to Dodger Stadium to beat traffic to the game. Consider parking your car in a safe spot and explore the various towns and cities you plan on visiting by foot instead of driving around. This can give your gas take some rest and help you really get to know each destination.
Keep these gas saving tips in mind and you could be on your way to an unforgettable road trip with money to spare.