The holidays are upon us and with many families driving long distances to spend time with each other it’s a great time to share some strategies for minimizing the cost of such road trips. Here are seven things to consider before and during long drives.
Make sure you check your tire pressure and fill yours to the correct amount. Use a small pressure gauge to check this. Follow instructions in your owner’s manual. This will help you get better gas mileage and low pressure increases the chance of a blowout.
Fill your tank with gas before you leave. It’s always good to start the travel journey with a tank full of gas. You never know what you will experience during your journey so it’s great to be well prepared. Also, you’ll likely avoid spending money while stopping for gas which usually leads to buying other items such as snacks and these likely will be priced higher due to the convenience.
It’s a great idea to pack meals and snacks if you’re concerned about spending unnecessary money during the journey. Get water and beverages from larger discount stores where you are likely to find better sales on snacks. Choose items from your pantry, make sandwiches before you go, fill up a few water bottles and you’ll have far less need to make an expensive stop.
Another thing to consider is the faster you drive, the more likely you are to spend more on fuel. If possible, slow down and enjoy the journey as well as saving a few dollars.
Along the journey, check various apps for gas pricing which usually will show you the very best prices. Doing this ahead of time can help significantly.
You will be amazed by the amount of money you’ll save just by using some of these strategies. Plus, the savings alone will help you enjoy the journey even more. With gas prices still amazingly low it’s a great time to travel for the holidays
Consider taking a travel pillow with you during your journey to help you relax and stay comfortable.