With the warm weather across the country fast approaching, there are many people who will be planning to take a vacation. Road trips can be extremely fun, as well as a great way to spend time with friends and family. However, road trips can be quite expensive if you are not careful. Therefore, it is in your best interests to take some time and plan your road trip as far in advance as possible. There are many ways for you to save money that never even occur to most people. If you follow these simple tips, you will be amazed how much extra cash you have left over when you return home. Here is how you can save money on a road trip.
1. Book your hotels in advance
If you plan on driving to areas that are known to have large amounts of tourists, you should book your hotel rooms as early as possible. Otherwise, you run the risk of all the cheap rooms being booked. Then your only choices will be to sleep in your car, pay for an expensive room or drive many miles out of your way to find a cheaper hotel. Of course, doing this will cost you additional money because of what you will be spending on gas. Most hotels allow you to book rooms as far as one year in advance. Take advantage of this and avoid you and your family being denied a room.
2. Car maintenance
The better you treat your car, the better it will treat you. Since you are going on a road trip, it goes without saying that your car will be getting a considerable workout. Therefore, you need to be certain that it is in perfect working order before you leave on your trip. One of your most important considerations is the pressure of your tires. Make sure you fill your tires with the air pressure that is listed on the side of the tire. If you drive around with tires that do not have adequate pressure, your car's engine will be forced to work harder. This means you will be getting bad gas mileage.
3. Save on gas
Obviously, gas will be a major expense on a road trip. However, if you do your homework, you can save some considerable cash. There are many websites that you can use to find the places to buy the cheapest gas during your trip. Don't forget to visit your local insurance agent to make sure you are covered before you hit the road.
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