Christmas time in Houston, Texas, is a great time to gather friends and family and hit the open road for a trip. However, the holidays aren’t the best time to worry about budgeting money for your road trip. At Santa Ana Auto Care, we believe that your road trip should be about spending time with loved ones, not worrying about gas money. Here we’ve laid out some tips to help you save on gas during your Christmas road trip:
- Look at Tire Pressure
A major culprit of reduced fuel economy is low tire pressure. Before you head out on your trip, check to make sure all your tire pressure levels are set according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. To check your tire pressure, remove the end caps on your tire’s air valves, place a tire pressure gauge into the valve stem, and check the PSI reading. If the level is too high or too low when compare to the recommended level, adjust accordingly.
- Reduce Your Speed
While you may be excited to reach your destination, it is important to keep your speed under control. Driving at excessive speeds reduces your gas mileage, causing you to need to fuel up more often. Reduce the amount you’re spending on gas and avoid a ticket by not speeding to your destination.
- Avoid Traffic
Driving in stop-and-go traffic on your road trip is not only frustrating, it can lead to spending more money on gas. To prevent getting stuck in traffic, use a GPS that can predict or inform you of current traffic conditions. Oftentimes, these GPS systems will suggest an alternate route to take to help you avoid traffic altogether. If you have a smartphone, check the app store to find a GPS that can help you stay out of traffic and save money on gas.
- Pack Lightly
While it is often tempting to pack everything you own for your trip “just in case,” it can have an impact on how much you are spending on gas. Only pack what is absolutely necessary for your road trip to reduce the amount of weight you are placing in your car. Extra weight makes your car work harder while driving, which means your gas mileage will be reduced.
- Use Your Smartphone to Your Advantage
Your smartphone can be more than your GPS on your Christmas road trip. It can also be a tool to help you find the lowest prices on gas in the area. Check the app store for apps that notify you of the best deals in town to help you get the most out of the money you are spending to fuel up.
Christmas road trips can be fun, but they can also be costly if you aren’t getting the most out of your car’s fuel mileage. By saving money on gas, you’re free to spend your money making memories with your family and friends on your trip. To get your car in top shape for your winter road trip, give Santa Ana Auto Care a call at (713) 956-1145.