A road trip can be a good way to visit new places without having to pay a plane ticket, but the cost of gas can also add up. A little planning can help you get more for your gas money. Consider these tips to help you maximize your fuel economy before going to your next road trip.
Get a setting
No matter how far you travel, it is important that you ensure that your car is properly maintained. Consider getting a tune-up before you start traveling. If you have a defective oxygen generator that is diagnosed and repaired or simply inflates your tires to the recommended pressure, it may result in improved mileage, according to FuelEconomy.gov.
In addition, take a look at your user manual to learn what class of engine oil is recommended for your vehicle. Using the type of oil recommended by the manufacturer can help improve your mileage, says FuelEconomy.gov.
Compare gas prices
Gas prices may vary depending on a number of factors, including location, according to US Energy Information Administration. This means that you may notice a number of gas prices along your route. Mobile apps or websites that track prices at multiple gas stations can help you find lower gasoline when it's time to fill up, Popular Mechanics suggests.
Plan Your Route
If you chart your road trip ahead of time, can get an idea of how many miles you are traveling ̵
See your speed
Cars usually get better mileage on motorways than on city roads, where more frequent braking and acceleration can use more gas. Autotrader says. It doesn't mean that faster is better. Many cars get fewer miles per gallon when traveling more than 50 miles per hour, says FuelEconomy.gov. The website suggests following the speed limit and using cruise control when driving on highways to help with moderate speed and better mileage.
Before traveling to your next road trip, consider taking some steps to help your car get better mileage. As a result, you can get a little more on your gas tank, giving you more time and money to enjoy the journey.
Originally published March 5, 2014.