Saving Money On The Go

Take care of your vehicle, be thrifty, and be aware of gas price variations and you'll put money right in your pocket. There are several techniques for optimizing the cost of the trip. Here is what you can do:


Perform basic car maintenance before you leave.

Basic car maintenance really isn't that hard. There are simple things that you can do on your own like being able to use a silicone lubricant to protect your car from rusting. Check your tire pressures regularly - once a week is ideal. Bad tire pressures can affect fuel economy very noticeably. It's easy to do and there is no excuse not to.


Minimize your distance.


Google Maps and MapQuest often push you onto interstates as quickly as possible in order to make their map algorithms work. In most states, however, some careful map examination can find a much better route still using four lane roads. In most states, some careful map examination can find a much better route still using four lane roads. Not only does it save gas money, it gets you home faster as well.


Pack food before you go.


Before you leave, you should pack bottles of water from home so you don't have to pay expensive convenience store prices for the goods. Your trip essentially requires you to stop at least once for gasoline, so if you have your own snacks, the desire to step inside and purchase an overpriced soda is greatly reduced.


Be aware of gas prices before you leave.


With the vast difference in gas taxes from state to state, you can easily save ten to fifteen cents a gallon by doing your research before you leave. Take note of the state by state fuel price report before you leave so you can know whether you should gas up before you cross a state line or if you should wait a few more miles.

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