With fuel prices shooting up, you’re likely to spend more money driving and even more on a road trip. The last thing you want is fuel money eating too deep into the budget for your trip. Of course, there appears to be a gradual ease in prices recently. However, if you’re planning a road trip, you still want to ensure that every drop of fuel in your vehicle counts, as economising fuel is still important. So, here are some tips you can use to save fuel on a road trip.
- Check your tire pressure
Maintaining the correct tire pressure isn’t only about being safe on the road; it also helps you to save fuel money. Driving with an underinflated tire can increase your vehicle’s drag, leading to higher fuel consumption. According to some experts, every 1% decrease in tyre pressure correlates to about a 0.3% reduction in fuel economy. And when your tire is under-inflated by 10%, your fuel consumption can go up by 2%. While it may not sound like much, the longer you drive with bad tire pressure, the more fuel you will consume. So, before you set off, ensure that your tires are at the recommended PSI.
- Plan your route
From idling in traffic to taking the wrong shortcuts, several inconveniences can end up wasting your fuel on the road. So, plan your route before you set off. Look out for dense traffic spots, shortcuts, and anything else that may slow you down on the road. Additionally, consider your set-off time. For example, if the roads available are congested during the day, consider setting off at dawn instead. It’s also best to opt for routes through vibrant locations closer to shopping centres, hotels, fuel stations, and major streets. This way, you wouldn’t need to drive longer distances for accommodation and buy essentials. For example, if you’re planning a road trip through West London, consider a route that goes through a vibrant location like Shepherds Bush. This way, you can easily access accommodation near Shepherds Bush and shopping centres without needing to drive too far off your road trip route.
- Drive more slowly and steadily
Slow and steady driving is a great way to conserve fuel. The more you accelerate, the more fuel you consume. Most people end up accelerating because they’re running late. So, be sure to leave home early. Setting off a few hours ahead of time will make it easier to drive as slowly and steadily as necessary without running late. You can also consider changing routes based on their speed limits. For example, if 50 mph is too slow for one route, consider taking a different route.
- Lighten your load
The heavier your vehicle is, the more fuel you can expect to burn. Of course, you’ll need your travel gear, luggage, food, and water, to name a few, which are enough to put some weight on your vehicle. So don’t make things worse by adding unnecessary load. Only take things that you will need along. Also, plan your packing process to avoid bringing more bags than you need.