Prepare your car
- Tire Pressure
- Spare Tire
- Belts, caps, hoses and filters
- Lights, signals, all wiper blades and windshield wiper fluid
Before your trip, become familiar with the routes you’re traveling and the weather forecast. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and pack the necessities:
- First aid kit
- Water and snacks
- Blankets and pillows
- Jumper cables and flares
- Travel brochures and maps
- Tool kit and cutting tool
- Chains or something for traction
- Waterproof matches
- CD’s or books on tape
Make Reservations or Check Hotels in the Area
If you plan on stopping for overnight rest, :plan ahead for hotel locations. You will save time and gas not having to get on and off exits, and stopping at different hotels to find out the rates and availability.
Be smart with gas mileage
With gas prices on the rise, you may find yourself with less spending money on the road. Here are some tips to save on gas:
- Slow down your acceleration.
- Try to purchase your gas at the coolest time of day. Gas is densest at these times.
- Maintain a moderate speed. If you travel at 55 mph you will save close to 21% more on your gas mileage versus traveling 10-15 miles over.
- Keep windows closed while traveling at high speeds. Having open windows can reduce your gas mileage up to 10%, which can be the same as air conditioning.
- Avoid driving on rough roads, they can decrease your gas mileage by 30%.
- Cool down automatic transmitions by placing them in neutral at long traffic lights or traffic standstills.
- Remove excess weight from your car– that can also reduce gas mileage.
Be Safe and Alert While Traveling
- Scan the road for hazards
- Be aware and cautious of tailgaters or aggressive drivers
- Avoid pulling over on the side of the road unless it is an emergency – especially at night
- Make sure you have plenty of gas between exits
- Take breaks and stretch at well lit rest stops to avoid falling asleep at the wheel
- Try listening to music or rolling the window down if you feel tired
- Share driving responsibilities to avoid fatigue or highway hypnosis