Traditionally, Memorial Day weekend provides an extra day off and a great opportunity for road trips. But this year, due to high gas prices and a lethargic economy, many have decided to skip travel plans. If you are among those who are going ahead with a long-weekend trip, be sure to get the most from your vacation budget by saving on gas.
Make sure your tires are in good condition and properly inflated. You will get better gas mileage, and you’ll be safer on the road. You can also save on gas by using a price finder website to locate the best places to buy gas along your route. We’ve all had the experience of filling up during a trip, only to see a much lower price per gallon at the very next exit. You might be able to avoid that frustration by spending a little time online looking at gas prices. Sites like gasbuddy.com also have app versions, so you can check prices while you are on the road.
And before you leave, here are a few additional tips:
- Make sure your battery, fluid levels, lights, and wiper blades are in good shape.
- Whether you use a GPS system or old fashioned paper, make sure your maps are up-to-date.
- Keep roadside emergency items like jumper cables and travel compressor in the car. Don’t pull them out to make room for the tent!
- If you don’t have one, get a cell phone charger with a car adaptor. This is a must have item any time, but especially on road trips.
As for those who are staying home this weekend to enjoy picnics and parties, make sure you also think ahead about your travel plans. Decide on a designated driver before you let the good times roll.
Have a Safe and Fun Memorial Day weekend!