Spring Break is the time of year when families traditionally choose to head out on a road trip, but many will be doing so with a much smaller budget this year. Buying gas for the car will take up a huge chunk of your vacation budget so be ready to slash costs before you head out.
Before you head out on your Spring Break vacation:
Use the smaller vehicle if you have a choice of family cars. You may have a little tighter fit getting everyone in the car but you can save a lot of gas money this way because your fuel consumption will be lower with a smaller vehicle. Be sure to allow extra time to get creative with packing everything you need into a smaller space.
On that note; keep your luggage to a minimum. It’s tempting to fill your car with every little thing you might possibly need on your road trip, especially if it’s a long one but extra weight =extra gas burned. Leave the kitchen sink at home and empty out anything that you store in the car but won’t need while you are away on your vacation.
Plan a shorter Spring Break adventure closer to home. If you check online in and around your local area, I’m sure you will find some of those places that you always meant to visit but never got around to. Now is the time to do that, not drag your self half way across the country with the resulting gas money budget buster.
Make sure that your car is in tip top condition; Keep your tires properly inflated as under inflated tires can reduce the efficiency of your gas consumption. Also be sure to change your oil and give the car a tune up before you leave on your Spring Break vacation.
Plan beforehand where you will buy your gas along your route. You can do this online. When you enter a zip code at gasbuddy.com you will be directed to the cheapest gas in the area. This tool can be a great budget saver.
Check with your credit card company. Many credit cards provide cash rebates for gas purchases. You may be limited to which gas stations that you can use but it’s good to be aware of your options when you decide where to pump your gas.
While on your Spring Break road trip:
Keep your speed down and avoid jolting stops and starts which burns more gas. If you are on a flat, straight highway, make use of your cruise control to help you burn gas more efficiently.
Don’t buy premium gas. Most cars don’t need premium gas to run efficiently and will do just fine with regular gas. This will save a lot of gas money as the price difference between the two can be considerable.
Many gas stations charge for credit card gas purchases. Try to avoid these gas stations or if you use them, pay cash.
With a little forethought and planning you can save a lot of gas money on your vacation and put those savings to much better use during your Spring Break road trip.