The kids are finally out of school but it’s the parents who should wise up now if they want to save money on gasoline and spend it on something fun instead.

“The annual summer vacation, for those who are fortunate enough to be able to enjoy a getaway each year, can be an expensive proposition.  With hotels, meals and entertainment, it adds up fast,” says Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst, GasBuddy.com.  “Especially now, GasBuddy’s free app and other tools like our Trip Cost Calculator can save consumers plenty by identifying the cheapest places to fill up on your vacation route from start to finish.”

“When we’re on vacation too many of us simply refuel along the highway not realizing that by getting off the interstate there’s often significant savings to be had, not to mention much better food!  Trip Calculator finds those locations with the best prices and shows the savings immediately,” DeHaan added.  “All you do is input your starting and ending destinations; your vehicle information; and let the Trip Calculator do the rest.  It shows you where to refuel to maximize savings.”

“In many parts of the U.S. it can be especially advantageous because the Trip Calculator is programmed to help you take advantage in the states with lower fuel taxes and avoid higher prices in other border states,” said Gregg Laskoski, another senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy. “Folks in Arizona, for instance, who enjoy getaways to coastal cities like San Diego would be crazy not to fill up before crossing the state line, because California’s fuel taxes nearly double Arizona’s and gas might be 50 to 60 cents more per gallon.  There are many areas across the country with sharp tax disparities from one state to the next… with the GasBuddy app, you keep more money in your wallet.  And it keeps you from searching aimlessly, saving you time too.”

For more of GasBuddy’s fuel saving tips that help you economize at any time of year, click here.