For the first time in months, places around the U.S. are finally seeing a dip in gas prices. For the millions of vacationers heading out to enjoy a weekend in the sun, this is a welcome change to the constantly rising gas prices driving the cost of travel up and up.
With projected decreases in the coming months of up to 10 cents in some area, the dip may be small for now, but it appears as though they will continue. As of Friday, the average price of gas in the U.S. was down to $3.74 a gallon, putting the average almost 6 cents lower than just a few weeks ago.
Despite the higher gas prices, over 50 cents higher than a year ago, most people say they will continue to travel, choosing instead to balance their budget with other changes such as purchasing fewer souvenirs, bringing their own food and staying in less expensive accommodations. As an informed traveler, higher gas prices or not, you can still take a vacation which meets your budgetary needs by knowing the tips to help. To save money at the pump on your next trip, keep the following tips in mind:
Drive a hybrid – This is the simplest way to get more miles to the gallon however, with the cost of vehicles, especially this type still on the rise, this may not be a viable option for you and your family right now. If this is true for you, consider the following more affordable options:
Drive an even speed – The more you slow and speed up, the more gas your vehicle consumes. When at all possible, leave a little space between you and the car in front of you so that you can go a more even speed. Break less and save on gas.
Use the cruise – When the roads are dry and conditions merit, choose the cruise. This will help you maintain that constant speed your vehicle needs to use less fuel. Cruise control is not recommended when the weather is bad.
Turn off the air – If the weather is not overwhelming, choose to avoid the AC when possible. The more air conditioning you use the lower the mileage. Keep the windows cracked to circulate the outside air and keep the air off.
Lighten your load – The lighter the vehicle the less work the engine requires to get you where you are going.
Slow down – The faster you go, the more gas you will use.
Be sure you vehicle is in good working order.
We wish you all the best when you travel. Enjoy tips to help you travel more efficiently with Bill Bailey Travel.