Discover Five Tech Savvy Travel Tips For The Ultimate Road Trip This Season (+ Visa Giftcard Giveaway!)May 24th, 2016 by Christen It's the unofficial start of the summer and road trip season! With most planning on driving more than 50 miles in search of summer fun we've got the tips you need to make your next road trip a great one! From how to drive, travel apps and more - we've teamed up with Toyota & industry expert Jeff Fortson to help make holiday travel more fuel-efficient and fun! (Plus we're giving away Visa Giftcards to help fuel your holiday weekend travel!) “Drivers can take simple steps to help them get the most gas mileage on their trips this Memorial Day weekend,” says Fortson, founder and editor of JeffCars.com, a site dedicated to auto education and car-buying clinics. “Taking heed to these tips will not only lead to fuel savings but will help provide a little extra money once you arrive at your destination.” Toyota and Fortson offer six fuel-efficiency tips designed to help protect your pocket at the pump before you start a memorable road trip with family and friends.
- Use the cruise control (and the optional radar-activated cruise control system) for holiday road trips. Both systems minimize sudden acceleration and de-acceleration. According to fueleconomy.gov, speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can decrease gas mileage by 33 percent.
- Be sure to check and properly inflate each tire, including the spare before you set out on a trip. Gas mileage can be improved if tires have adequate pressure. Some vehicles are equipped with a tire pressure monitor system which alerts you when it detects tire pressure is critically low. If the car isn’t equipped with this system, a tire gauge can be purchased at the local parts store and the service department can check the air pressure.
- Rent a fuel-efficient vehicle. If you are renting a car, you may want to consider a hybrid vehicle, such as Prius or Prius V.
- Use the factory installed navigation system or a favorite app like Google Maps and Waze from your smartphone to make your drive safer. These navigation systems will alert drivers of traffic congestion and provide you with the shortest route to your destination.
- Always pack smart. Just like flying, you should only take necessary items for a road trip. Avoid using the roof rack, if possible, because it reduces the aerodynamics and decreases fuel efficiency.
- Watch the A/C. It is recommended that you use the air conditioner when driving highway speeds. When driving in stop-and-go traffic, turn the air conditioner off and allow air to circulate through the vehicle.
Flats are ESSENTIAL! Most of us don't run on the treadmill in heels. So when your flight is delayed 2 hours and you have 10 minutes to get from concourse A to concourse F, you're not going to suddenly become proficient in running in Louboutins. Flats offer maneuverability when you have to dodge those airline carts and race to catch your connection. Plus, they're an easy off, easy on solution to the disrobing we now call "security." Stay Warm. Maybe it's an effort curb those cold germs that become so prevalent around this time of year. Or maybe it's so the people in business suits don't over heat. Whatever the reason, the airlines seems to be keeping planes at crisp North Pole temperatures. It's hard to hold onto to holiday cheer, when your hands are too cold to hold anything. Scarves are a great way to add warmth without adding excessive bulk. There's a quick, easy way to accessorize and offer style and function. But if you don't want to go the scarf route, jackets are the way to go. If you can help if avoid the huge winter coats that call to mind adjectives like a abominable and fluffy. A well cut peacoat or a sleek leather jacket will keep you toasty on those freezing flight and ensure fashion fabulousness. Because who doesn't want to look good when they fly? If you check it, pack a back-up. I'm always amazed by how much an great packer can get into a carry-on. Seasoned travelers can get their entire lives in a suitcase small enough to fit under their seats. If, however, you're not one of those people and you're forced to check your bag, make sure you pack some essentials in your carry-on. A change of clothes when your checked bag is in Boise and you're in Boston might just save you from a Clark W. Griswold melt down. Leggings will fit perfectly in a side pocket. And you can always stuff a spare pair of socks and an extra top in your laptop bag. Knowing you won't be stuck in the clothes you came in can make a world of difference in your mood as you watch everyone else's bags circle on the carousel. Unless you have a friend with a G5 plane, you'll be traveling with the masses. But that doesn't mean you have to look the part of the weary traveler. Function within style is a must for those cramped airplane seats and the long waits in the terminals. Airports can be dreadful. Airport style doesn't have to be. Happy Travels!