Your emergency kit is one of the most important things you can keep in your car, and it needs to be updated a couple times a year as the seasons change. In warmer weather, you want a completely different set of items than you keep in winter, so follow these tips on putting together your summer car emergency kit.
First, make sure you have snacks that won’t go bad in the heat and a few bottles of water. Unsalted nuts and dried fruit are a great healthy option for this. Bring an extra phone charger and even a throwaway cell phone with a few minutes on it just in case you don’t have a way to charge your normal cell phone.
A flashlight and hazard triangles are both important things to have if you break down at night. Even if you aren’t handy with tools, have a few basic ones in your car so you can change a flat tire or jumpstart your car. It’s a good idea to have a towel you can lay on the ground and gloves in case you need to do some maintenance on the fly.
Gas prices seem to be plateauing just in time for road trip season to start, but that’s no reason to get complacent. The best way to save money and enjoy our summer drives is to stop less at the gas pump, so follow these quick tips for improving fuel economy on road trips.
First of all, drive smart. Obey the speed limit, coast to a stop instead of hitting the brakes at the last minute, and speed up gradually instead of putting your pedal to the metal. Reasonable driving saves a surprising amount of fuel.
It’s also best to avoid driving in high-traffic areas at busy times like rush hour if you can help it. Idling is a big waste of gas, and so is stop and go traffic. Related to this, use your cruise control on the freeway! Cruise control reduces fluctuation in your speed, which means less fuel used.
Remember to turn on the air conditioner on the freeway and roll the windows down in town!
Do you have any tips on how to increase fuel efficiency during a road trips? We’d love it if you shared your own tips in the comment section below.