Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Summer Vacation Driving Tips

This very moment, Americans are loading up their cars and hitting the road to come visit us and Glacier National Park. With gas prices always threatening to spoil the fun, we thought we’d offer up some advice we harvested from AutoGuide.com on how to cut down on your fuel costs while vacationing. It’s good to know how to stretch your fuel budget so you can spend money on more fun things– like rafting!

Here is a summary of the top five ways to cut your fuel costs this summer while traveling.

1. Don’t pack everything in sight—just bring what you need. The key point to remember is, “An extra 100 pounds in a vehicle can reduce gasoline mileage by up to two percent.”

2. Make sure your tires are properly inflated–that can improve gas mileage by 3.3 percent.

3. Don’t get stuck in traffic, so don’t leave on Friday at 5:00 p.m. if you can help it. “Speeding, acceleration and braking can lower gasoline mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and 5 percent around town.”

4. Use the right kind of oil and don’t just get the cheapest kind at your next oil change. Use what your cars recommends.

5. Also, fill up with high quality gasoline. High quality gas improves engine performance while driving. To help recognize what makes a certain gas high quality, look for fuel that is designated with the TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline Standard. This will help you avoid problems that can be associated with using lower-quality gasoline.”

Do what you can to make the experience at the pump less painful and your vacation more enjoyable.  To read the entire article from Autoguide.com click here.

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