Road Trip: Saving on Highway Travel

Summer’s coming and that means vacation time! With gas prices lower than they have been in the last few years and with airlines gouging you for everything from extra bags to nuts, many people are hitting the highways this year. While road trips are typically less expensive than other forms of travel, there are some ways to lower those costs even further.

Don’t overpack: You may not have to pay for every bag you bring with you, as you would on an airline, but extra and overweight luggage can still cost you if you drive. That’s because extra weight in your car decreases your fuel efficiency. The heavier the load, the harder the engine has to work so more fuel is required. Th

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4 Responses to Road Trip: Saving on Highway Travel

  1. Check for alternate routes to your destinations. A scenic route might be worth the journey and might even be lower miles. Most mapping software and websites give you the ‘fastest’ or ‘shortest’ routes but may overlook lesser highways. Also look for day trips along your journey. A road trip can be just as much about the trip as the destination.

    My favorite detour is to visit Multnomah Falls just east of Portland, OR. It adds less than 1 hour drive plus time spent when traveling I-5 but recharges the batteries and is always worth the time spent. Also time spent walking around the falls makes for a break in the trip and i never remember the trip seeming as long even with this time added in.

  2. Kate says:

    Great tips! So many of them remind me of our family vacations when I was a kid… squashed in the backseat with the cooler full of snacks and drinks. But, I especially like the cruise control tip. Not only does it maximize fuel economy, it minimizes speeding ticket risks. You might feel like an old granny as everyone speeds by you, but it’s worth it in the end. After all, it’s all about the little things, using the power of small to improve live one small change at a time.

  3. Bob's Occasional Musings says:

    I do a lot of traveling and this is a great post. I personally feel the cost of a GPS unit is well worth it for the peace of mind it brings while traveling. Being able to find things that are off the road, knowing where the closest gas stations, restaurants, etc, are has been a blessing while traveling.

  4. helen zoya says:

    Nice tips for saving money. I love traveling with friends, I’m gonna use these tips in my next tour.

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