Save time and money before hitting the road this summer

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Whether it’s the beach or the mountains, many of you will be taking a road trip somewhere this summer. But before you go, Consumer Reports has some tips for saving money and staying safe. “When you’re refueling in an unfamiliar location, apps and websites like Gas Guru and Waze can help you with real-time prices at nearby gas stations,” Alex Knizek said. He is the automatic publisher of Consumer Reports.

And Consumer Reports says you should also consider how you’re going to pay for that gas. “While many gas stations will offer a lower price if you pay cash, a credit card with cash back on gas might actually be a better deal, especially if you’re paying more gas than you can afford. usually would do it a month,” Knizek said.

And while you don’t have to “check a bag” when traveling on the road, it’s always a good idea to pack light, so your car isn’t heavier and, therefore, less fuel efficient. than she should. “And you can make your car more fuel efficient by reducing aerodynamic drag!” You can remove your roof rack or bike rack if you are not using them. And don’t hate me, but if you stick to the speed limit, you’ll save fuel! said Knizek.

Consumer Reports tests show that going 75 mph instead of 65 mph can cost six mpg or more. And driving the speed limit is also safer.

Speaking of safety, if you have mechanical problems or a flat tire away from home, you’ll appreciate having roadside assistance, and it can save you money. Paying out of pocket for long-haul towing can cost hundreds of dollars, while most roadside assistance plans cost between $35 and $120 per year.

Some newer cars come with roadside assistance for a period of time, and some credit cards and car insurance policies include it. Just make sure you’re covered before hitting the road.

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