Our road trip tips list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning your vehicle. Getting it examined by a professional adds peace of mind to your road trip and reduces the chances of a costly breakdown.
At AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities, members get a free vehicle maintenance inspection upon request and a 10% discount (save up to $50) off labor on regular-price services. Members also save 10% on parts and accessories, like windshield wipers, at NAPA Auto Parts stores.
5. Reserve (and save on) a rental car
To avoid wear and tear on your car, you may want to pick a rental car company with great perks and updated safety and cleaning standards. For example, the new Hertz Gold Standard Clean includes a 15-point cleaning and disinfecting process.
AAA Members save up to 20% at Hertz. Plus, you get the use of one child, infant or booster seat for free (a savings of $13.99 per day!).
6. Find the lowest gas prices
Budgeting for fuel is wise, but how do you know where to find the best gas prices along your route? Here are two road trip tips for your gas tank.
- Use the AAA Mobile app to find the lowest gas prices near you.
- Be on the lookout for Shell stations: AAA Members save at least 5¢ per gallon after signing up for the Fuel Rewards program (terms apply).
7. Eat a great meal at a great price
Food is an important part of any road trip. Even with takeout, you’ll want to balance a great meal and a great price.
In the AAA Mobile app, look under “Near Me” to find nearby restaurants that offer discounts to AAA Members and are part of the AAA Diamond program. Tap on the restaurant name to see notes from a local AAA inspector, price range and more.