Gas Saving Tips for Your Summer Trip
Everybody loves to go on trips, but nobody loves paying for gas -- especially at today's prices. Since there's no getting around the need to put gasoline in your tank, how can you consume as little as possible? Here are some tips:
- Give your brakes (and accelerator) a break. Braking to a sudden stop causes your engine system to lose efficiency and waste fuel. Similarly, when you stamp down on your accelerator you're "hitting the gas" in more ways than one. Try to brake or accelerate gradually.
- Watch your speed. Drive at the slowest posted speed if you want to maximize your fuel efficiency. The faster you go, the harder your engine works and the more gas it eats up. Just a few miles per hour can make all the difference.
- Don't let your tires run low. Keeping your tires inflated to the correct pressure level (which should be listed inside the driver's-side door) increases the amount of traction you can get with the road, resulting in better mileage.
- Stay aerodynamic. Avoid creating unnecessary friction from wind resistance. While running your AC may force you to use more gas, so does rolling your windows down. And if you can fit something inside your car, don't strap it to the top of the car.
- Travel light. Okay, you can take your family with you. but if your car is filled with odds and ends that you don't need for the trip, do some cleaning and lighten your car to save gas.
- Shift smart. If you drive a manual transmission, you can choose to shift at relatively low RPMs for greater fuel efficiency. Automatic transmissions save the most gas when they run in overdrive. Cruise control will also help you keep a steady speed for better mileage.
Have a fun, fuel-efficient journey!
Road Trip! 4 Amazing Oregon Destinations
Okay, you've arranged for time off from work, gassed up the car and gotten it inspected by the pros at Tyler's Automotive (right?), packed all your bags and -- now what? If you've managed to plan everything for your road trip except the actual road trip part, here are four fascinating destinations to justify that joyride:
- Pacific Coastline. If you've never taken this scenic drive up the Oregon Coast Highway, it's high time you did. This meandering 110 miles is a vacation in itself as you encounter breathtaking ocean views, fifteen state parks, mighty lighthouses, and opportunities for camping and fishing.
- Grants Pass Caveman. If you're up for something a little odd, point the car southbound on I-5 and drive down to Grants Pass for an encounter with the Grants Pass Caveman. This fiberglass Neanderthal, towering 17 feet in height, has withstood vandalism attempts and all kinds of weather since 1971, and he's such a town fixture that the local high school teams are called, you guessed it, the Cavemen.
- The Spruce Goose. Howard Hughes's famously huge plane is on display at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville. So if you just have time for a quick trip out of Portland, just take 99W to highway 18, and prepare to be amazed by one big "bird."
- Hells Canyon Recreational Area. This one's for the truly adventurous road-tripper and nature lover. If you're willing to drive all the way out to the border of northeast Oregon and Idaho for some spectacular scenery and exciting whitewater rafting action, this segment of Snake River Canyon -- the deepest river gorge in north America -- is worth the effort.
Okay, you have your marching orders. So get going -- and have a great trip!
For more great Oregon road trips check out Travel Oregon Official Visitors Guide Here.