Christmas is soon here and many of us will be traveling to spend the holidays with family or friends.
If you are going to take the car you can as well think about how to get the best mileage out of your Chrismas trip… there’s enough bills to pay anyway even if you didn’t have to pay for the gas.
To help you I have put togetherÂ my top 7 Christmas Mileage Tips for saving gas on you Christmas travels.
Chrismas Mileage Tip #1:Â No speeding, no stress
Going above 60mph (100km/h) will use considerably more fuel while not getting you anywhere as much faster ahed as you might wish.
Plan your trip to begin early enough so you don’t need to panic in case there is problems on the way. You might have to get around a traffic accident or you may get lost in case they have done reconstruction on some major intersection since you last traveled. (SeeÂ Christmas Mileage TipÂ Nr 2)
It’s also a good idea to be carefull on the roads around Christmas as an accident will certainly ruin your celebrations.
Chrismas Mileage Tip #2: Plan Your Route
One of the secrets to saving fuel on long trips is of cource to take the shortest route while still avoiding the smallest roads where you can’t keep your schedule.
First of all plan the shortest route you could take using the major highways. It’s usually easy to find your way fromÂ A toÂ BÂ on the highway. Then consider you skills with mapÂ orÂ GPS and see if you can find a shorter routeÂ by using smaller rural roadsÂ for shortcuts.
Do not only measure the length of the route. AlsoÂ favorÂ road with speed limits of 50Â to 60mph with noÂ known road contruction work going on andÂ with less traffic. Also avoidÂ entering a major city onÂ a smaller road,Â you will easily get lost.
Chrismas Mileage Tip #3: Make a Good Schedule
Don’t just go. Plan whenÂ well in advance what day to gom what time to goÂ and when you will be at different waypoints on your route. This way you can avoid rush hour traffic on certain parts of your trip, possibly saving your hours of stress and gallons of fuel.
Avoid getting near any major cityÂ during rush hour, ifÂ youÂ notice you will you can allwaysÂ taka break and a meal at that point to adjustÂ your schedule.Â
IfÂ you’re alone or if your familyÂ can stand itÂ you can drive during the night hours to avoid other traffic that could force your to drive less economically.
Chrismas Mileage Tip #4: Update your Maps And GPS
Make sure you have a recent map in case they have changed roads or intersections and get the latest map updatesÂ for your GPS unit. Especially if you follow the directions from your GPS it could take you inte trouble and a longer trip in case the roads has changed.
If your GPS jave real time traffic information itÂ canÂ also inform you ofÂ road work and accidentsÂ so your can take the quickest route around bottlenecks.
Chrismas Mileage Tip #5: Check Tire Pressure and Fluids
Having too low tire pressure will decrease your gas mileage with up to 5mpg depending on your vehicle. Make sure to check and fill your tires before going on a longer Christmas trip and you could save some gas for Santa.
Also check the other fluids, like the oil level, coolant level and cleaning fluid for the windows. You won’t save much gas by doing this but you might save your engine and make sure you have a peacefull Christmas.
Chrismas Mileage Tip #6: No Roof Racks,Â Ski BoxesÂ or Trailers
Anything you attach to the outside of your car will increase aerodynamic drag and also fuel consumption. If you don’t need them for your trip, make sure to remove any roof rack or ski boxes before you go, it can make a difference of several mpg.
Towing a trailer will also make your car use a lot more fuel per mile so avoid it at all cost, and if you have to choose a ski box is better than a big trailer.
Chrismas Mileage Tip #7: Fill up Where It’s Cheap
If you’re going to drive some considerable distance you can plan in advance where to fill up by using an online service likeÂ gasbuddy. They have gas prices for every state in the USA and Canada and if you travel through several states the price difference can be huge between different locations.
Just don’t deviate from your planned route to save a few cents, find a gas station along your route and fill up well before the tank is empty to make sure you’re not forced to take anything they have.
Tools for Planning Your Trip
To get an estimate of how much fuel is going to be needed you can use this trip gas mileage calculator, to find the best gas prices in the US and Canada go to gasbuddyÂ and finally you can use this tool to find the best tire pressure for your vehicle.
If youÂ have additional tips on how to save gasÂ during Christmas pleaseÂ add it in a comment to this blog postÂ so everyone can benefit from your knowledge.Â
Hava a Merry Christmas and save a lot of gas on your trip,