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Hope you guys are fabulous, well I am sure you are no doubt 🙂 Since 2019 started, we have been crazy busy putting together our next flights, road trips and a special project that you will soon hear of ! Let’s be patient, it is coming soon..
As we are working through our schedule, we were also reflecting on our travel expenses and one of the area where we could easily change our habits is on road trips. Yes, you read me well, after road tripping from Canada to Australia via Spain, we consider ourselves as a road trip expert traveler.
A road trip is an excellent way to see the world and broaden your horizons; plus, it’s a lot of fun. Whether you’re cooped up in a motorhome or a tiny car, the good times will outweigh the bad. Seriously, they’ll always be opportunities to smile. Still, it’s not as if you want to throw caution to the wind to have a good time. Practically speaking, it’s important to cut costs wherever possible or else you run the risk of returning the car early. Although other expenses stand out, petrol is the one to focus on and now you can thanks to the top tips we compiled for you! Ready to be become a road trip expert??!
Plan Your Trip
As easy as it may sound, planning your trip is the best way to save some fuels; no rocket science here but 90% of the time, we don’t plan our route in advance. We get it, in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to cart on without a care in the world. Suddenly, before you know it, you’re out of money and fuel. Whoops! While a plan is a bit of a buzz kill, it’s a necessity if you want to be fuel-efficient. The good news is that companies such as Bayswater Car Rentals include a journey planner on their site. So, before you sign on the dotted line, you can check out how much it will cost you in both fuel and bills. If it’s too much, tone it down and take a few sights off the to-do list.
Stick To The Speed Limits
The lower limits aren’t very fuel-friendly, not if you drive a manual. To get the car up to speed, you need to go through the gears and that’s where petrol is wasted. A tip: try and stay in high gears for as long as possible. However, speeding isn’t good for fuel economy either. The Guardian says that a car doing 80mph uses 10% more petrol than one going at 70mph. Sticking to the rules of the road, then, should keep you safe and in the black.
Well then don’t forget that some countries like Australia don’t joke with speed limits as the amount of wild animals on the road is quite impressive, so it will also keeping you from getting few tickets 🙂
But to be quite honest, in Australia there is so many landscapes and wildlife to capture that sticking to the speed limits should not be difficult. Enjoy the van life and all that comes with it!
Turn Off Cruise Control
During a long journey, there is nothing better than turning on the cruise control option. As the miles fly by, you don’t have to do much but steer and keep an eye on the road. Efficiency-wise though, the cruise control button isn’t a good move on undulating roads. As it goes uphill, for example, it will try to stick to the same speed and use more power as a result. Once this happens, the tank will start to empty at an alarming rate. If you are faced with a San Francisco esque hill, turn off the mod-cons and slow down to maintain a relative speed. A road trip is all about enjoying the moment so as Scott McKenzie used to sing be sure to wear some flowers in your hair!
And The AC
Sure, it gets hot when the sun is shining and the temperature is high, but the air conditioner is a bad move. The Air Conditioning Company report that it can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 8% in most cases. The number jumps to 10% depending on the factors. What should you do? The answer is to dress appropriately and wear fewer layers with breathable fabrics. If you need some fresh air, it’s thought to be better to crack a window than blast the AC. While it’s not efficient, it’s the lesser of two evils.
Or if you really can’t stand the heat, you can get one of these mini USB hand-held air conditioners (cute as hell, isn’t it?!), that do not only exist in pink…for less than 10$ either on Amazon or Banggood! Super handy!!
Hope these tips were useful to you guys! Do not hesitate to let us know in the comment section below if you have more tips on how to save the fuels and be more eco-friendly! We’d love to hear your next experience as road trip expert and until then take care y’all 🙂