Easy-to-Follow Tips on Saving Gas

fuel upAfter a long, blissful period of gas prices consistently below two dollars, they’re starting to go back up again. It’s a shame, but there are ways we can conserve fuel without going back to the bank-breaking fill-ups of yesteryear. Here are some quick tips on saving gas as prices shoot up this summer.

First of all, slow down. That’s really the easiest way to save gas. Cars get their best mileage around 60 mph, which is part of why we use less gas on the freeway, so going 80 isn’t doing you any favors. Plus, when you’re going slower, you don’t need to brake as hard or suddenly—another thing that uses up a lot of fuel.

Keep an eye on tire pressure—low pressure means more fuel use!

You should also keep in mind that rolling your windows down at speeds under 45 mph is better than using air conditioning, but as soon as you get up above that, the AC is more efficient than having the windows down because the drag from the wind reduces aerodynamics.

Don’t idle when you can help it, so avoid left turns even if it takes you a bit out of the way.

What to Do If You Hydroplane

rainWith spring comes showers, and driving in the rain can be a nerve-wracking, especially when you hydroplane. Here’s what to do in case you start to hydroplane.

  1. Remain calm – The worst thing you could do if you hydroplane is panic. Take a deep breath and tackle the situation calmly.
  2. Do not brake or accelerate suddenly – Since hydroplaning is a loss of traction to the front tires, sudden braking will lock only the rear tires, which will cause a spinout. Sudden acceleration could pull the vehicle straight ahead, which could be dangerous.
  3. Look for an open space – Find an open and clear space to direct your car toward.
  4. Lightly accelerate – Stay lightly on your accelerator and gently guide your car to the open space you identified until it gains its traction back.

To avoid hydroplaning in general, don’t use cruise control in heavy rains because of its tendency toward sudden acceleration. Also make sure that your tires are in good shape. The better your tire tread is, the better it will grip the road in rainy weather. Make sure to drive slower in the rain!

Top Five Best Road Trip Apps

road tripThinking about taking a road trip anytime soon? While it’s always nice to leave the technology behind, these great road trip apps can really enhance your experience!

# 1 – Waze

If you don’t have Waze by now, you are really missing out. Crowd-sourcing traffic info is simply brilliant. You won’t find more up-to-date traffic data anywhere. Plus, you can ask other Waze users about attractions as you come into a new area.

# 2 – TollSmart

Planning on traveling to a location where there are tollbooths everywhere? TollSmart helps you find out exactly how much upcoming tolls are.

# 3 – GasBuddy

Ever get off on an exit to get gas and the prices are super high? Sometimes you feel compelled to buy the gas anyway in order not to waste time. You won’t have to go through that again with GasBuddy.

# 4 – Roadside America

Tired of mainstream attractions? The Roadside America app will help you find offbeat, weird, and otherwise strange attractions nearby.

# 5 – Spotify

What’s a road trip without great jams? There are lots of great music streaming apps out there but Spotify is one of the best. Pick a human-curated playlist, lower the windows, and crank up the volume!

How to Eat Well on a Road Trip

roadtripStaying away from fast food when you’re on a road trip can be seriously difficult, and if you have dietary restrictions like food allergies, it’s even worse. Is it even possible to eat well on a road trip? We have some tips for you to stay healthy.

Tip #1: Bring your own meals, as many as you can. Get a cooler and bring fresh fruit with you, maybe a veggie tray, sandwiches, granola bars, nuts, and other healthy snacks. Eat these instead of stopping at McDonald’s. It’s cheaper, too, and it’s not like you can’t stop at a grocery store instead of a fast food joint.

Tip #2: Eat often and eat small portions. Being super-full on the road is never good, and eating small amounts of healthy food frequently will keep you energized and feeling refreshed.

Tip #3: Get protein. Nuts are a great source of protein, they’re easy to eat, and they keep well!

Tip #4: Drink lots of fluids, preferably water and juice. They keep your hunger down.

Tip #5: If you stay in hotels, eat breakfast. This will keep your energy up throughout the day!

Fun Things To Do After Thanksgiving Dinner

ThanksgivingEver find yourself looking for fun things to do after Thanksgiving dinner? We’ve thrown together some cool ideas to help you get out and about on one of those most wonderful days of the year.

# 1 – Go to the movies!

Many film studios wait until late in the year to release productions, knowing that this is primarily when people are in the mood for a movie. Not only do we recommend going to see a movie after Thanksgiving dinner, but see a comedy and bring the whole family.

# 2 – Play games!

Board games for the kids, Texas Hold ‘Em for the parents.

# 3 – Take a hike!

If weather is permitting and you can make it outside before sundown, there is nothing like taking a hike with your relatives. Plus, this will give you a chance to walk off the huge meal you just ate.

# 4 – Decorate for Christmas!

If you are the practical type, why not enlist your guests to help you decorate for Christmas? It can be fun to put up Christmas lights and plus, it gets you outside. Or you could just use something like this to get rid of your guests, which is probably more likely.

5 Memphis Museums to See

Memphis is a city that is full of wonderful culture! The best way to explore that culture is to visit the various museums in the cities. Here are 5 Memphis Museums to see.

National Civil Rights Museum

Memphis served as the heart of the Civil Rights movement in America. This museum documents the struggles and triumphs of a movement that is still alive and strong today.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Soul music is, well, the soul of the city, and there’s no better place to explore its influence than at this wonderful museum.

Graceland

Speaking of music, the King of Rock and Roll’s home is filled with Elvis artifacts and memorabilia.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

In addition to music, Memphis is also big on other forms of art. This art museum houses many of the artistic cultural pieces of the city.

The Children’s Museum of Memphis

For the little ones, the Children’s Museum of Memphis is the perfect place for them to explore their surroundings and simply have fun being a kid!