5 Ways to Save Money on a Road Trip

Going on a road trip is like going on an adventure. Rolled-down windows, a favourite track on the radio, our best friends, and the open road, simply evoke our adventurous spirit. Even though road trips are a blast, they are also expensive and require a lot of preparation.
Australia is no joke and going on a road trip unprepared might cost you a lot of money and even your car. Luckily, we have prepared five tips on how to save money and stay safe on a road trip.

Obey the law

First of all, if you want to avoid unnecessary expenses, then you should obey the law. We are, of course, talking about driving within speed limits, parking on marked areas, setting a camp only in camping areas, etc. Doing everything by the rules will save you from a lot of trouble with the police as well as keep your money in your wallet.

Pack a first aid kit and other emergency equipment

When packing for a road trip, always remember to pack your first aid kit and even additional medicine for flu, diarrhoea, stomach pains, etc. You never know what can happen and if you are in the middle of nowhere, miles and miles from the nearest hospital, you will want to have that kit by your side.
Also, pack a spare tire, car jack and other equipment that you might need for easy fixes on your car. There is no need to call an expensive tow truck if you have all the necessary tools. You can get all of this at your local handy store, but if you are from Sydney, we recommend to look for tyres in Blacktown. They offer much better deals and they are not far away.

Prepare your car

There is nothing worse than your car dying in the middle of your road trip. First, you will be charged for a tow truck and then you will be charged for the repairs. You can avoid all of this by simply taking your car to the mechanic for a full-service inspection before you hit the road. They will check your oil, engine, tyres, brakes, and every other part of your car that might break down. This is the only way to be completely certain that your car is fit for long road trips.

Eat at local diners

Now for a straightforward money-saving tip: You should eat as often as you can at local diners. There are plenty of restaurants by the road that offer great deals for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. You can get a complete meal much cheaper than you can in any other chain restaurant. Plus, the food is usually a lot more delicious, but frankly that is not that hard if your competition is McDonald's, Burger King, and other big-name fast food restaurants.

Plan every part of your road trip

Lastly, if you want to save some money on your road trips, then you should plan everything to the smallest detail. This includes mapping your route, writing down where you will be eating and sleeping, calculating fuel consumption, and other expenses that you expect. This is the best way to approximately determine your expenses and the easiest way to stay within your budget. If you don’t have everything written down, it is easy to get carried away and spend a lot more than you planned.
And that is all from us. As you can see, there are ways to both save money and stay safe on your road trip. Just remember to prepare your car because driving for extended periods of time can lead to disasters if your car is not serviced.

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