Planning a road trip before the end of the year? Just make sure you’re not wasting money that could be better spent on fun. Before you leave, check out these tips:
Get a tuneup. A vehicle that’s in good repair will consume less gas on the road, and you’ll catch any potential problems that might turn into expensive repair jobs far from home.
Plan your route. Whether you use Google maps or the old-fashioned folding variety, spend some time looking for the most efficient (or picturesque) path from point A to point B. Be realistic about your expected daily progress so you don’t get overtired driving late.
Look for deals. Check the internet for price breaks on motels and attractions along your route. You can often save some money by signing up for a motel chain’s loyalty plan, for instance.
Pack your own food. You’ll save time and money by bringing along some sandwiches and snacks so you don’t have to stop at a restaurant when you get hungry.