Plan a Road Trip on a Budget
Heading on a cross-country trek? Our tips can help you save a little – or a lot.
The travelling is often the worst aspect of your holiday – and it can cost a pretty penny or two as well. If you’re heading off on holiday in your car and have set aside your spending money for ‘fun’ (and not ‘fuel’), our tips can help you keep your costs down.
Plan your route
Before setting off, map your route online and plan your rest stops in advance. Remember that it might make more sense to travel further (skirting around cities on motorways, for instance) than go ‘as the crow flies’. Inner city roads tend to be more congested and require stop-start driving, burning through fuel at a greater rate of knots.
Up the mpg
Fuel is unquestionably going to be one of the biggest expenses for your road trip, so treat the accelerator with a light touch. Keep your revs low and stick to the speed limit on motorways – you can get many, many more miles from your fill-up this way.
You might also want to increase the air pressure in your tyres, especially if the car is fully-loaded. This will reduce the rolling resistance and makes a small but important improvement to your fuel economy figures.
Of course, the car you drive will make a big impact on all this too. Some newer cars even claim to have a range of over 1,100 miles from one full tank of diesel. That’s Swansea to Amsterdam… and back again.
Load up on passengers
Divide the cost of fuel equally with passengers to reduce your costs. If you’ve got a spare seat in the car and nobody to fill it, advertise it on a carpooling service such as BlaBlaCar.
Driving long distances can be really tiring so you need frequent rest breaks. Adding more passengers also means that you have people to share the driving with! Insurance is no longer a barrier as our Temporary Car Insurance offers a quick, easy and affordable solution. You can purchase instant insurance for a friend’s car from 1 hour to 30 days, depending on how long you need it for. With insurance this flexible it means that everyone gets a turn behind the wheel.
Borrow, not hire
A road trip is often a case of sense, not necessity: if there are several of you planning a long-distance journey, hiring a car can work out far cheaper than taking a train. But you can save more by borrowing a friend or family member’s car for the duration of your trip.
Just arrange Car Sharing Insurance from Veygo – you can get a quote online in just a few minutes. The cover is comprehensive and won’t affect the owner’s No Claims Discount in the event of an accident.
Book ferry and crossings well in advance
If you’re heading across the water to Northern Ireland or the Channel Islands as part of your trip, make sure you book your ferry crossings in advance to save time and money.
Load up on supplies
Periodic pit-stops are a road trip must and provide important rest opportunities, but the cost of essentials like water and snacks can quickly tot up. Pick up cheaper alternatives from a supermarket before setting off.
All set? Now hit the road and enjoy!