Gas-Saving Road Trip Tips

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These
road-tested tips will help your gas budget travel as far as the road can take
you.

Forget
the staycation.

Sure, average
gas prices are already $3.97, according to AAA’s
Daily Fuel Gauge Report
,
and climbing toward the highest recorded average of $4.11 that crippled travel back
in 2008.

But that
doesn’t mean you have to give up your summer road trip. It’s one of America’s
greatest travel traditions—so don’t let horrifyingly high fuel prices stop you.
We’ve rounded up easy-to-adopt strategies that could save your vacation.

Start
by planning ahead. Gas
prices don’t just seem to go up around weekends and holidays, they
really do. Don’t wait until July 3 to fill the tank for your Fourth of July
road trip (unless there’s a prize for paying the most for gas).

How you
drive may make the biggest difference in how far a gallon will take you. We all
know that going 75 mph burns fuel faster than going 55 mph. But what also
matters is how you push the gas pedal, how you pack your car, and how you
handle the AC (no, you don’t have to go without). And did you ever consider
using two GPS devices? They can give you vastly
different routes, especially if you’re not the type to stick to the highway.

Money-saving
strategies have even gone mobile. Apps
like FuelFrog allow you to track your mileage
to monitor gas prices in your city and your car’s gas efficiency over time.
It’s one way that using a cell phone can actually improve your driving.

Still,
incentivizing drivers to hit the road can’t hurt, which is why hundreds of
hotels across the country are offering gas rebates. Several hotels in Panama
City, FL, have teamed up for a “Giving Tanks” promotion—stay at the Bay Point
Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, for instance, and you can get up to a $100 gas
gift card. B&Bs are getting into the act, too; search on BnBFinder.com to
find ones serving up special gas promotions.

Whether
you’re headed to a B&B or want to take a road trip this summer, here are
our essential gas-saving tips to help you maximize your miles—and leave the staycations
back home.

Gas-Saving Road Trip Tips

These
road-tested tips will help your gas budget travel as far as the road can take
you.

Forget
the staycation.

Sure, average
gas prices are already $3.97, according to AAA’s
Daily Fuel Gauge Report
,
and climbing toward the highest recorded average of $4.11 that crippled travel back
in 2008.

But that
doesn’t mean you have to give up your summer road trip. It’s one of America’s
greatest travel traditions—so don’t let horrifyingly high fuel prices stop you.
We’ve rounded up easy-to-adopt strategies that could save your vacation.

Start
by planning ahead. Gas
prices don’t just seem to go up around weekends and holidays, they
really do. Don’t wait until July 3 to fill the tank for your Fourth of July
road trip (unless there’s a prize for paying the most for gas).

How you
drive may make the biggest difference in how far a gallon will take you. We all
know that going 75 mph burns fuel faster than going 55 mph. But what also
matters is how you push the gas pedal, how you pack your car, and how you
handle the AC (no, you don’t have to go without). And did you ever consider
using two GPS devices? They can give you vastly
different routes, especially if you’re not the type to stick to the highway.

Money-saving
strategies have even gone mobile. Apps
like FuelFrog allow you to track your mileage
to monitor gas prices in your city and your car’s gas efficiency over time.
It’s one way that using a cell phone can actually improve your driving.

Still,
incentivizing drivers to hit the road can’t hurt, which is why hundreds of
hotels across the country are offering gas rebates. Several hotels in Panama
City, FL, have teamed up for a “Giving Tanks” promotion—stay at the Bay Point
Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, for instance, and you can get up to a $100 gas
gift card. B&Bs are getting into the act, too; search on BnBFinder.com to
find ones serving up special gas promotions.

Whether
you’re headed to a B&B or want to take a road trip this summer, here are
our essential gas-saving tips to help you maximize your miles—and leave the staycations
back home.

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