Budgeting Gas Mileage for Road Trips


With the holiday season upon us, it's no surprise it's also major traveling season. If you are planning on taking a road trip, you will most likely want to budget your time as well as your mileage for an effective trip.

 

How do you effectively budget gas mileage for a road trip?

 

Budget Calculator: First, you will want to do a budget calculator. You can find one on calculators.org specifically for a fuel budget. Click here for the calculator: https://www.calculators.org/auto/fuel-budget.php

 

Improve Mileage: After this has been determined, there are ways to improve your gas mileage and drive efficiently. Such as:

 

Reducing unnecessary weight that may be in the car. Lightening the load even slightly may add one or two miles to the gallon for your road trip.

 

Make sure your tires have enough air in them. This also saves you gas mileage which is a big plus, especially for longer trips.

 

Drive the speed limit or below the speed limit slightly. This saves gas. Try using the cruise control to help with freeway driving as well.

 

When driving on city streets, consider coasting to stop signs and stop lights vs. stopping and going. It actually saves on gas when you take this action as well.

 

After sitting at a stoplight or stop sign, don't put the pedal to the metal right away. Gradually increase your speed. This is very helpful as well.

Use the Right Gas: Use the proper gasoline for your vehicle.  Don't use gas that's unfamiliar or that is not recommended for any type of driving. 

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