Planning road trips is not as easy as it seems. There are lots of things you have to consider such as: what to pack, how much is too much, where you’re going, how to actually get where you’re going, where to stop along the way, how much a travel insurance policy will cost, and more. You also have to plan something very critical: how much gas you’ll use on the trip.
This is important because it’s an integral part of any road trip’s budget. No matter what else happens, you have to be able to buy gas to get you where you’re going. To make sure that you don’t run out of money before then, you’ll need to budget how much gas you’ll need to buy and how much that’s likely to cost in today’s market. This information can even factor into whether or not you can get a good cheap travel insurance policy.
So how do you find out how much gas you’ll need on a trip? This is actually a complicated process. First, you need to find out the MPG, or miles per gallon, that your car gets. This means how many miles the car can go on a single gallon of gas. Most car manuals come with this information in the guide book for the car, but if you need to find out, reset your odometer the next time you go from empty to a full tank and see how far you do on a mile in the car. This is sum #1.
Be aware that trucks do worse on gas mileage and will thus be far more expensive to take on a road trip. In fact, if you’re going on a road trip, it may be cheaper to actually rent a car instead of taking a truck. The amount of money you might end up saving will often be at least equal to, if not more than, the cost of renting a car in the first place.
Next, you need to calculate the length of your trip. How many miles will it be? Doing this is very easy. All you have to do is go online to any of the many map services, input your arrival, and departure addresses. The map will then tell you exactly how many miles you’ll be driving. Mark this information as #2.
Then you need to find out the average gas price today. Gas prices vary widely depending on where you’re traveling so using the nation’s average is the best way to try and plan for how much it will cost. This information can also be found online. You add three random gas prices, divide them by 3 and then mark this as #3.
Then, at the very end, divide #2 by #1. Then take that number and multiply it by #3. That will tell you how much you will have to spend, approximately.