Summer vacations can be a lot of fun and a great way to reconnect with your family after a busy year. They can also become expensive, especially if you have to pay for airfare, eating in restaurants, and tickets to theme parks. One place you can save money is on the cost of gasoline for your car. Here are a few ways to save money on gasoline during your next long car ride.
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Saving Money on Gasoline
Vacations can get expensive, so it makes sense to try and save money when you can. These simple tips on conserving gasoline can help you save some green while going green!
Stay close to home:
There is no reason to drive across the country to find a fun vacation destination. Drive to the nearest major city and enjoy a couple of nights in a nice hotel. Choose restaurants that you would normally consider too extravagant or buy tickets to see a major sporting event.
Give your car a checkup:
Saving money on gasoline requires your car to be in tip top shape. Make sure you have the tires inflated properly, get an oil change, and top off all the fluids. A well-maintained car uses less gasoline than one that has been ignored all year.
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The more weight your car has to carry, the fewer miles per gallon you are going to get. If you are going someplace to visit family, I’m sure they won’t mind if you wash clothes mid-week to reduce the amount you bring. Many times, clothes can be worn more than once before needing a wash!
Avoid rush hour traffic:
Stop and go traffic can be rough on your car and on your level of stress! Try scheduling your drive for off-hours so you end up with better gas mileage and a more enjoyable trip!
Consider alternative transportation:
Once you arrive at your destination, consider leaving your car behind and seeing the sites on foot.You can also ask the hotel staff about nearby buses or even bike rental places.
Cutting back on gasoline doesn’t requiring buying a hybrid car or bicycling to work daily. Those are great ideas but not always practical. Check out this article on Forbes for more gas saving tips!
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.