Gas-Saving Road Trip Tips
Courtesy of AAA.com
- Use a TripTik. The customizable AAA TripTik road-trip routers come with gas station locations and date-stamped fuel prices along the route. While it's impossible to nail exact pump prices from day to day with costs changing so rapidly (fuel prices along a sample route were up to seven days old), AAA does its best by getting numbers at more than 110,000 stations across the U.S. directly from the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS), which gets its prices from selected gas purchases at America's gas stations.
- Use a mobile app. While apps that rely on "user data," like Gas Buddy, can include flat-out-wrong data, it's getting easier to find reliable information—especially in urban areas where the crowdsourcing is more likely to be accurate. Gas Buddy also rewards its community members with a weekly $250 gas gift-card prize—the more gas prices you report the more likely you are to win. Apps like FuelFrog allow you to track your mileage to keep track of gas prices in your city and your car's gas efficiency over time.