One of the easiest ways to match your fuel budget to your travel interests is to work with a qualified travel counselor. A good travel agent can help you select routes, destinations and transportation to maximize fuel savings.
Here are some fuel-saving ideas for automobile vacations. These tips will increase driving safety as well as reduce hassles and complications.
- If you have a choice of vehicles, take the one that gets the best fuel economy. Renting a fuel-efficient model might make sense for some trips.
- Plan routes so you can travel at constant speeds and bypass congested areas. Unless you're taking a scenic drive, avoid two-lane roads with lots of stop signs and traffic signals.
- Start trips early in the day while traffic is light. Plan meal stops to coincide with likely periods of traffic congestion.
- To avoid extra weight, only take what you need. Keep luggage inside the vehicle, rather than strapped on the roof where it will create wind resistance.
- Choose a vacation spot where only minimal driving will be needed after you arrive.
- Drive part of the way, and use another mode of transportation for a portion of the trip such as a plane, train or motor coach.