Whether you plan to hit the open road without a firm itinerary or you plan out the perfect summer road trip with stops at tons of popular destinations, one thing’s for certain: You need to make every dollar count if you want to make the most of your road trip without breaking the bank!

Gas is likely one of your most significant expenses on a road trip, so this is undoubtedly an area you’ll want to focus your attention on in order to save as much money as possible. The good news is that there are several ways in which you can easily stretch your gas dollar with your upcoming vacation. By doing so, you can spend more time enjoying yourself once you arrive at your different destinations.

Pack Lightly

The heavier your vehicle is, the more gas it will take to get you down the road. If you have the option between two or more vehicles that both meet your needs for passenger seating and storage space, opt for the lighter one that gets better gas mileage. Then, pack your bags lightly, and only take the essentials. A weighted-down car will reduce your fuel economy.

Get Your Car Serviced

How well maintained your vehicle is will impact your fuel economy as well. Before you head off on your road trip, take your car in for a full service with a mechanic. This includes an oil change, oil pressure check and a tune-up. Keep in mind that everything from how much air is in your tires to how well your AC operates can impact fuel economy.

Look for Cheap Gas

You can do everything you can to make every last drop of fuel you put into your car count, but your total fuel cost for your trip will also be impacted by the cost of fuel. The cost of gas can vary quite a bit based on location and gas station. It can be difficult to know how much the gas at a station a few miles down the road will cost, but you can use an app to better plan for affordable fuel fill-ups.

Take Your Time

To get the best fuel economy, you want to choose paths that have the least amount of stop-and-go traffic and the fewest stop lights. Traveling on an Interstate or less used highway is ideal, and set your cruise control to a reasonable speed. Keep in mind that the faster you drive over 50 miles per hour, the lower your fuel economy rating will be. Use cruise control when possible to maintain your speed at the ideal rate.

The last thing you want to do is to spend the majority of your vacation funds filling up your gas tank. Instead, you may want to use it for great hotels and fun adventures or experiences. Of course, it is always nice to have a little extra cash left over after you get home from a vacation. When you follow these tips, you can decrease your gas cost and enjoy a wonderful and more affordable summer road trip.


Disclaimer: Dolphin Asset Group is not allowed to provide tax or financial advice. All information contained herein should not be construed as such. Readers are advised to seek independent advice from a qualified professional.