Holiday Travel on the Cheap: Road Trip!
Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at 8:00 am
When thinking of holiday travel the mode of transportation most of us immediately jump to is the automobile! Not only is the automobile an easy way to travel for the holidays, according to the Bureau of Transportation 91% of long-distance holiday travel is by personal vehicle, it is also an incredibly popular way to travel for the holidays. To get the most affordable, efficient, and least stressful road trip possible we have some great tips to help:
Tips for an Affordable Road Trip
1. Car Maintenance
Making sure your car is ready to make a long trip is not only essential for getting to your destination in one piece, but it can also be a money saver too! Before heading out on your road trip we recommend that you check you car’s tire pressure, oil levels, coolant, lights, and that your windshield wipers are working properly. Having your tires filled to the appropriate level of air will save you money and ensure that you’re maximizing your fuel economy. Checking your oil levels, coolant, lights, and windshield wipers are essential for your safety on the road and it’ll help prevent any unpredictable breakdowns too. We all know those can get costly!
2. Travel at Off-Hours
If you live in a heavily populated area or are travelling to one you’ll want to factor in your ETA and departure time to your travel plans. Traveling when the roads aren’t busy will save you frustration, time, and gas you’d waste by crawling through traffic. If you’re extremely concerned about traffic we recommend not traveling on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or the Sunday following Thanksgiving. Major highways and thoroughfares will be clogged with holiday travelers. If you’re able to avoid popular routes without sacrificing gas or time we recommend doing so.
3. Be Prepared for a Long Trip
Sometimes long trips in the car are unavoidable so it’s best to be prepared. This means you should gas up and be ready to roll with your route already planned. If you’re traveling with small children be sure to bring activities to keep them occupied such as: audio books, car games, books, movies, etc. Also, instead of pulling of the road for food, try packing a hearty meal to go. You’ll not only save money, but the meal you pack will probably be more nutritious too.