This is a Guest Post by Todd @ Fearless Dollar — it’s part of his 5 site series on How To Save on Gas Money.
Are you driving to see family this holiday season? Taking a road trip to see the fam can be cheaper and more (or less) convenient than taking a flight.
If you haven’t noticed, in the past 10 days fuel prices have dropped 50 cents in many areas across the country. But don’t be deceived, they’re still a lot higher than they were just 5 years ago.
If you want to save money on driving, here’s our 5 site series on saving fuel. I’m posting across five websites, so make sure to check out all the tips!
Fuel Saving Driving Tips
Tips 16 – 25 American Debt Project
SAVE GAS BY PLANNING YOUR TRIP
Thinking ahead to save fuel
16. Set your course
Organize activities and perform as many errands as possible in one trip. Plan a route by driving to your further distance first, and then make your way back home by hitting your other planned spots along the way.
17. Skip the rush hour
If possible, avoid driving during rush-hour & other peak traffic periods. Plus, doing so is proven to extend your life! (Well maybe not, but at least you’ll have a little less stress and frustration!)
18. Better planning
Better planning reduces the need for speeding to get there in time. The biggest waste of fuel is accelerating hard and fast!
19. Gas station shopping
Shop around for service stations with the lowest gasoline prices. – also use GASBUDDY!!
If you’re like me, you have a routine gas station you go to. If you’ve been going there for several months or over a year, it’s possible another gas station has overtaken your usual spot with better gas prices.
20. Traffic reports
Keep tuned to radio traffic reports & avoid traffic jams and other delays.
21. Public transpo
Public transportation may be cheaper, especially when you are traveling alone.
22. Eliminate dead weight in your car.
If you’ve got a trunk full of stuff that could be cleared out, you should do it right now. You’re spending gas lugging the extra stuff around.
23. Take the path of least resistance
Avoid rough roads whenever possible, because dirt or gravel can rob you of up to 30% of your gas mileage. Potholes and rough patches require you to speed up and slow down frequently. This oft acceleration will burn through your gas.
24. The shortest path isn’t always the fastest.
Avoid heavy traffic and lots of traffic lights. The shortest route is not always the most fuel efficient if you have to stop a lot.
25. Consider alternate routes
Use alternate roads when safer, shorter, straighter. Compare traveling distance differences – remember that corners, curves and lane jumping requires extra gas. The shortest distance between two points is always straight.
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