Get ready for your summer road trip

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer and the travel season. An estimated 32.1 million travelers will head out of town, up from last year’s figure of 30.5 million, according to AAA projections. About 28 million alone will travel by car this holiday weekend.

If you’re planning to drive to your upcoming destination, travel smart with these road trip tips, provided by Couple Money.

  • Check out travel sites like Road Trip America, Lonely Planet, and AAA when planning your itinerary. Consider becoming a AAA member to save on lodging and admission to recreation facilities as well as to have peace of mind should your car break down. For $89 (for up to 2 members), you get the basic AAA benefits plus free towing up to 100 miles and additional services.
  • Prepare your vehicle for the trip by topping off fluids, inflating tires, and having an emergency kit ready.
  • Plan your pit stops by having paper maps and GPS handy. A great road trip includes good eats, so check out RoadFood for suggested diners, drive-ins, and dives.
  • Find the cheapest places to refuel. Use your smart phone to access apps like Gas Buddy and AAA TripTik Mobile to compare local gas prices. Drive at a steady speed and don’t haul heavy stuff (with the exception of children of course).