Road Trip Tips

Ready to get behind the wheel and explore parts of the world you’ve never seen before? We’ve got some tips and tricks to help you make the most out of your road trip.

Start Saving Early

You don’t even have to know when and where you’re going; the moment you know you are definitely going to be going on vacation period, you should try to put at least a little bit of money away from each paycheque. Vacation costs add up quickly, and the sooner you can start adding to your savings, the better.

Get a Card that Rewards you for Driving

If you know you’re going to be spending a lot of money on gas, you might as well benefit from it. It’s definitely worth looking into a rewards card that benefits you every time you fill up at the pump. Shell, Esso, and Petro Canada all have their own rewards programs that offer different types of points based on your needs.

Keep an Emergency Kit in the Car

No one wants their car to break down on vacation but it’s an unfortunate potential reality that you should do your best to prepare for.

From water bottles and non-perishable food items to flares, make sure you’ve got everything you’ll need in an emergency situation packed and ready to go in your trunk. Want to know exactly what should go in your car emergency kit? We’ve got you covered

Plan ahead

Do your research and try to figure out what your game plan is for your vacation before you leave. You don’t need to plan out the entire trip but you should have a rough idea of where you’re going and when you’re doing it during your trip. Come up with a flexible skeleton outline of what you’ll be doing to maximize your time and energy during the trip.

Never Underestimate the Power of Google Maps

It’s easy to get lost on a road trip (especially when you’re driving around an area you’ve never been to before.) Enter Google maps. If you’re worried about missing your exit or finding your hotel, take the time to study the virtual map before you leave so you have a general sense of what direction you should be going in and how far you’ll actually be driving.

It’s common knowledge that you can use Google Maps just like you’d use a portable GPS unit when driving, but did you know you can also use it as a pedestrian? Give it a try next time you’re planning on walking over to that museum or restaurant you can’t quite seem to find on your own. Google will give you step by step directions and will tell you how long it’ll take to arrive at your destination.

Bonus: Don’t Ride your Brakes

This is important regardless of if you’re on a road trip or not but the easier your are on your brakes, the more gas you save and the less often you have to replace your brake pads. Ease into turns and slow down earlier and more gradually than braking as you drive to save money in the long run.