The road trip is an American institution. Whether heading off to college, moving across the country, taking the kiddies to Disney World or simply enjoying the freedom of the highway, Americans can often be found behind the wheel over their vacations. For many, driving — despite today’s gas prices — remains a cheaper option than flying. Using the following resources, you can compare for yourself whether a U.S. or Canadian road trip is worth the time and energy for the money saved and find further ways to reduce fuel costs over your trip.
AAA uses average prices per region, distance and make and model of your car to estimate fuel costs for a U.S. road trip. The Frugal Panda uses this calculator to do an elaborate cost comparison of flying vs. driving.
Whether you’re traveling or just tanking up at home, an interesting website for comparing gas prices is Gas Buddy. Volunteers update gas prices as they change; you can too by registering with the site. With a little forethought, you can plan the cheapest fill-ups along a road trip within the U.S. or Canada.
Other useful fuel-saving tips:
+ Before a long road trip, always check the pressure in your tires and fill appropriately.
+ If you have a choice, drive your most fuel-efficient vehicle on long trips.
+ If you’re driving a rental, consider the fuel-efficiency of any “free” upgrade. This may in fact end up costing you more than a smaller, efficient model.
Drive safe and buckle up!