8 Essential Tips for Your Summer Road Trip

No season is more geared for the open road than summertime. Here are a few tips to get you to your destination without wasting any gas.

  • Ease up on the gas. Most cars’ fuel economy starts to dip after you reach 50-55 miles an hour, so avoid the need for speed. Accelerating rapidly and breaking frequently wastes gas, too.
  • Stay pumped. Under-inflated tires reduce performance and require more gas. Keep them properly inflated to increase your gas mileage.
  • Plan your trips. Combine your errands into a single outing so you can avoid making multiple round trips. 
  • Embrace tune-ups. Changing your oil and replacing the oil filter will improve fuel economy, and keeping your car well-tuned will help you save about 10 percent more gasoline.
  • Quit your idling. If you have to stop somewhere for more than 60 seconds it’s more efficient to turn off the engine rather than letting it idle. 
  • Lighten your load. Hauling heavy items reduces fuel economy. If you don’t need to take a heavy object with you on a trip, leave it at home.
  • Use the cruise. Cruise control helps you maintain a constant speed, which usually helps you save gas.
  • Cool it on sunny days. Park in the shade on sunny days. That will not only help keep your car cooler, but can also help prevent gasoline from evaporating.
  • It’s electric! Did you make the switch to an electric or hybrid vehicle? If so, make sure you read the car’s manual so you know the model’s unique specifications to save energy. Some cars have an ‘economy mode’ to maximize the car’s efficiency.

As your mother surely reminds you, the number one driving rule is to drive safe. Second? For the life of your car, keep it well maintained. It just so happens that you can also save gasoline by following this sound wisdom. Utilize our tips above and you are ready to hit the road as efficiently as possible!


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