Sometimes your travels will only take you down the road or across town. Maybe you are heading to work, to the grocery store, or maybe you are off to work. Sometimes your travels will take you farther away, maybe on business meetings or vacation.

Whatever has you hitting the road each day, or every once in awhile, you should be making sure that you are most efficiently planning those travels. Whether that means schedule your time so you arrive early or simply making sure you’re saving gas money while you are going. You might even want to make sure your car is being well cared for so it can keep getting you to where you want to go.

Calculate Your Trip

How many miles do you need to travel, and how much gas money is this trip going to add up to? You can use online mapping systems to determine the length of your trip and there are even fuel calculators to help you find out how much gas you’ll be using. This is a great way to determine the shortest and cheapest route to any destination.

Planning ahead for where you need to go can help you get where you’re going on time. Sometimes even your GPS will not know when there’s construction or accidents on your path, so knowing a few ways to get where you are going can help.

Leave Early, Always

Prepare for that construction, rush hour, or those accidents that back up traffic. Do this by always leaving early. There is nothing wrong with showing up to work, a meeting, or an appointment early. In fact, it makes you look more dedicated and efficient.

Have An Itinerary, But Leave Space

If you are on a vacation road trip it can be helpful to have an itinerary in place. This allows you to map out time for different destinations and visiting things like tourist traps. You can schedule in meal stops and more.

However, you also want to leave some space open for moving plans around, in case of vehicle issues or the off chance you find a unique destination you hadn’t seen on the map or in your research for your vacation. Sometimes the best part of vacation is the time spent off the beaten path!

Prep Your Vehicle And Follow Laws

Before you hit the road you want to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape, which can help with fuel efficiency and also help keep you from ending up broke down on the way to work or your vacation destination. Top of your oils, check your tires (including your spare), and make sure you have a safety kit.

Following speed limits is one great way to get the best fuel economy with any type of vehicle. Obeying the laws can keep you from getting in accidents or getting pulled over, which can both put a kink in your travel plans and time.