It seems to happen every summer. Just as you are about to embark on that fabulous road trip or quick get away weekend the price of gas goes up!
This year our “summer” gas hike is a whopping 5.6 cent increase – that’s almost a dollar more a fill-up for an average vehicle. Maybe not all that painful but when you are doing a lot of driving it does add up.
Use Your Resources
There are ways to be prepared and not waste your hard earned cash at the same time.
AAA has a gas calculator which you can input your vehicle make and model, your destination and low and behold it calculates the approximate gallons and cost (based on the average price of gas on the day you do the calculation)!
But wait, what if you are on the road in an unfamiliar place? No worries, Gas Buddy is an app that can find gas near you. You can download the app to your smartphone or go to their website and search.
Say, what about traffic? CalTrans has you covered with a real time QuickMap of road conditions. You can customize to look for specific conditions like slow traffic, road closures, construction and more. You can even download their QuickMap app to your smartphone.
These are just a few of the resources that can help make your drive more pleasant.