Road travel can be expensive, especially during the holidays, so saving a couple of dollars on gas can make all the difference. If you and your family are planning to travel during this holiday season, we've got a couple of tips on our sleeve that can help you get to your destination in the safest and most cost-efficient way.
- First, check for gas prices. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the national average gas price is predicted to be $3.39 this November 2021, whereas the average was only $2.11 last November and $2.16 last December. That's a whopping $1+ difference! To find the best and lowest gas prices within your proximity, we recommend using GasBuddy.com. You can manage your expectations and budget your gas expense for your holiday trip.
- Travel light. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an extra 100lbs on your vehicle could reduce your mpg by 2%. If you want to save on gas, please make sure you pack light for your trip. It would be a good idea to clear out some space in the car before you load your vehicle with your luggage (and gifts).
- Slow down. We all know you're probably in a hurry to get to your destination, and you want to avoid the holiday traffic. However, speeding can result in a costly ticket and a hit in your mpg. Going at higher speeds (above 60mph) can cause your gas mileage to decrease by 15 to 30 percent. Consistency is the key to highway travel, so you will be fine driving at any mph if it is stable. Just don't constantly fluctuate by 10-20 miles per hour during your drive. The best way to handle your long-distance driving is to use your cruise control!
- Maintain adequate tire pressure. We've emphasized the importance of checking tire pressure before. If your tire pressure is lower than what your vehicle manufacturer suggests, then you'll wear your tires unevenly, and your car must work harder to keep you moving. Please ensure you manually measure your pressure and fill it up to the right psi. Most manufacturers post their tire pressure recommendations on a label found inside the driver's door jamb.
- Car maintenance is a MUST. Essential maintenance practices such as oil changes, filters changes, and other fluid maintenance can all contribute to making your car more efficient. If it has been a hot minute since your last tune-up, please drop by The Auto Doc for one. You'll get the reassurance you need that you won't get stranded on the side of the road on the way to grandma's house or the ski resort. Please call or visit us today!