It’s the last month
of summer, and while some may be focused on getting ready to go back to school
some are trying to get one last trip squeezed in before the cooler weather
hits. The best trip to take is one with the open road. If you’re planning on
taking a road trip this month, follow our tips below to make sure you save as
much money as possible along your journey!
Watch those state lines!
Gas prices can change drastically just by crossing into a
different state since gas taxes vary. Average gas taxes in Illinois are over
60c/gal. In Missouri, average taxes are just 35c/gal, and many times just
crossing a state line you’ll either see much lower or much higher prices, so
hone in on where to fill up before hand to save easy money! Other states lines
where there’s a big difference: CA/NV, CA/AZ, WA/ID, MI/OH, IN/OH, WV/VA,
FL/AL, NY/NJ, VT/NH, NC/SC, WI/IA, KY/MO, PA/NJ.
When you get close to a state line, fire up the GasBuddy app
and use the map feature to go scope out prices near the state line- if prices
are cheap, fill up, and save the money for other vitals during your trip!
Pack your food
Instead of eating every meal at a restaurant, pack your
favorite snacks for breakfast and lunch – then treat yourself to some local
spots along you journey. The money you save on two meals certainly adds up! Be
sure to keep a few protein bars and extra water bottles in case you decide to
go for a hike and need the extra nutrition!
Store a 5-10 gallon water cooler in your trunk, or backseat,
to keep you hydrated along your journey! When you need to fill up on water
purchase them by the gallon at any local grocery store. They tend to cost
around $1 per gallon.
Plan ahead with the GasBuddy Trip Cost Calculator
If you know the route you plan to take in advance, use the
GasBuddy Trip Cost Calculator (http://bit.ly/1laaOEf)
to identify the cheapest places along the way to fill up. This will help save
extra money, and time!
Buy a prepaid gas card at a discount
Buy a prepaid gas card! Sometimes, stations like Marathon
and Murphy Express stations offer a $50 gas card for a discount, meaning you
pay a few dollars less but still get $50 worth of fuel.
Get that check engine light taken care of!
Not only could that check engine light lead to unexpected problems
with your car and expensive towing bills, but it can also rob you of gas
mileage, so be sure before you hit the road to make sure your car is ready to
handle it and so you get the maximum efficiency out of every gallon of gas!
Take a vehicle where you can sleep inside
If you have the ability to take a vehicle where you can
sleep comfortably inside, do it! This will save money on purchasing a tent, and
perhaps even helping you sleep a bit better without some nasty bugs! If you are
able to sleep in your car, try and fit the mattress of a futon on the bottom
for added comfort!
Stay active with your
fellow GasBuddies on our Facebook and Twitter pages
You never know when you may be in need of a free local
attraction while in town. Reach out to your fellow GasBuddies on our Facebook
and Twitter channels and get tips on what you should!
10. Remove excess weight from your car
Have lots of junk in your car? Forget to unpack it all since
your last road trip? Each 100lbs of stuff you drive around with reduces your
fuel efficiency about 1 MPG. Pack lighter or remove that extra fluff and go
further every gallon!