The Memorial Day weekend starts today (for those of you who didn’t take today off work), and for many of you you’ll be hitting the road along with 37 million other Americans, the highest number in 10 years. We’ve compiled a list of travel tips for you to combat this busy holiday weekend.
1. Before You Leave
Before you leave there are many essential things you should do to ensure that you have a fun, safe and problem free trip. First, check your tires to make sure they have enough tread and are properly inflated. The penny test works great for checking your tread. Make sure to also to also check your air filters. Replacing filters can increase your gas mileage up to 10 miles per hour. Keeping your engine tuned is something you should do all year long, but if you haven’t done it recently, make sure to do it before you hit the road. Lastly, check and change your oil. Changing your oil should also be a regular occurrence, but if you’re going to be putting quite a few miles on your car, it’s best to change it now.
2. Avoid Common Travel Times
Travelling at peak times can add much unneeded and unwanted time to your travel and fun weekend plans. The best times to travel are in the evening and the morning. By travelling at these times you avoid the majority of the heavy weekend traffic. Additionally, if you can come home on Tuesday instead of Monday, you will avoid even more of that heavy traffic as travelers try and get home.
3. Traffic Tips
If you are stuck in traffic, there are ways to save on gas. The first is to avoid idling if possible. If you are in bumper to bumper traffic that isn’t moving and you are expecting a wait, turn off the engine. Make sure to also stop and start your car gently. By doing this you can save up to 5 percent on your gas mileage. Additionally, use cruise control when possible and stay within the speed limit. Speeds above 60 mph burns gas more rapidly.
4. Know Your Route
Before leaving your home, you should know what route you’re taking. Getting lost in the middle of a traffic filled trip is the last thing you want! Additionally, if you can find a route that takes you off the main roads, this could possibly save you time on a busy weekend because they won’t be as traveled and will have less traffic. Make your decision beforehand, learn it, and stick with it!
We hope everyone has a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend! Where are you headed?