Gas Saving Tips for Your Labor Day Weekend Road Trip

Posted on 08/07/2013

Planning to take the great American road trip this Labor Day weekend? Expedia reports that nearly half of adults have taken or are planning to take a summer road trip longer than 200 miles this year. According to AAA, July was a volatile month for drivers, going from a summer low of $3.47 a gallon on July 7 to the summer high of $3.67 per gallon on July 19. While no one can predict what will happen at the pump these tips will help you save money during your Labor Day road trip.

Head South
The five states with the lowest gas prices according to AAA are South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas. To save money at the pump avoid hitting the states with the most expensive gas: Hawaii, Alaska, Connecticut, California and Washington.

Pay with Plastic
Use a credit card that provides cash back at gas stations. One of the best around includes the Chase Freedom card which offers five percent cash back at gas stations until the end of September. If you're road tripping to a theme park you may want to use your card there as well to earn five percent cash back.

Get Help From Gas Buddy
Gas stations can vary significantly exit by exit. Use the GasBuddy app to find cheap gas no matter where you are. The app is free and already helps more than 30 million drivers save money when they fill up.

Pack Light
Attaching luggage bins, kayak holders and ski racks to the roof of your car is a great way to waste gas money. According to rooftop additions cost up to five percent on miles per gallon. Pack lighter and you'll keep more money in your pocket.

Analyze Your Fuel Efficiency
How often you break, how fast you travel and what gear you're in can all impact your fuel efficiency. A free app like Fuel Frenzy can help by analyzing your driving techniques and providing tips that will help you improve your fuel economy.

Keep An Eye on the Weather
Gas prices can vary drastically depending on what's happening with the weather. A late summer hurricane could drive prices up. If you see a storm brewing you may want to change your travel plans and stay closer to home in order to save money. In the end, just be thankful it's not 2008 when the average price for a gallon of gas was $4.04.

By Alison Storm

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