The weather’s finally getting nicer, and chances are you may be gearing up for a long weekend away somewhere. Whether you’re taking a road trip to the beach or driving several hours north for a weekend of relaxation at the cottage, one of your least favourite road trip hassles is the expense of gas for your vehicle. It’s an inevitable cost, but there are a few things you can do to minimize your gas expenses regardless of how far you’re driving this weekend.
This seems obvious, but many people still opt for the drive-through rather than leaving the car for fast-food breaks. It’s often quicker to run inside to grab your burger or coffee than wait in the line up of cars to order in the drive-through lane. And if you ever find yourself in the dreaded standstill traffic of summer highways, turn off your vehicle if you end up sitting in one spot for more than 10 seconds. In the winter, you might decide to let your car warm up for a few minutes by idling it, but in the summer, there’s really no excuse for turning on your vehicle before your start to drive.
Go For A Cruise
Cruise control is awesome for several reasons, one of which being that it reduces your gas mileage. The only scenario when cruise control doesn’t help you save on gas is when you’re climbing a steep hill, so remember to turn it off in those instances.
Turn Down The AC
Air conditioning is essential for long car rides once the weather warms up, but if you abuse your AC by blasting it at full power for the entire 3-hour drive, your gas tank will pay the price. This does not affect some newer cars as greatly, but any older models will definitely save gas by cutting back on air conditioning. Simply roll down your windows if all you need is a light breeze.