Vacation Trip Tips

By: Mike George Email
By: Mike George Email

By the time Memorial Day is over, motorist could see the price of regular unleaded gas at $4 dollars a gallon in the Brazos Valley.

The next family trip could be a great deal more expensive than anyone budget. Here are some trip tips to help you cut costs on the family vacation.


We've all been told to pack lightly for trips. That's not just something to consider when flying. With a family, a hundred pounds of packing can cut fuel economy by 2%. Put any luggage on the roof, you'll lose another 21% in fuel economy.


If the car owner's manual says premium fuel is "recommend" but not "required" then fill up with regular unleaded gas . Modern engine sensors can adjust to lower octane fuel with out missing a beat. Expect 10% savings on the price of a fill up.


Even if driving at a constant speed, going too fast wastes gas. Each 10 miles per hour faster than 65mph will reduce your fuel economy by 15-20%. Going too slow isn't going to help your costs either.

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