Did you know: You can cut your summer travel costs by cutting a little weight from your car?
According to the EPA, for every 100 pounds you take out from your vehicle, you improve the fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent. So if you’re paying about $2.50 per gallon, that’s a savings of about 5 cents every gallon. That may not sound like much, but with smaller cars in particular, these savings can really add up.
Start by popping your trunk. Are you really using those golf clubs? And what about all that soda? If you don’t use it, lose it — your trunk shouldn’t double as storage.
Next, don’t overlook the roof of your car. Cargo boxes and roof racks can be handy, but they also add a lot of excess weight and wind resistance, and can cause your annual gas costs to go up by 25 percent. Whenever possible, remove those racks when you’re not using them.
So trim down your car and hit the open road — you’ll travel more this summer, while spending a lot less.