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    Batangas beaches, Baguio pine trees and Ilocos streets. If you are taking your car along to get to these beautiful family destinations, be smart and savvy and heed these tips on how you can lessen fuel expenses. 

    1 Strategize and plan ahead
    Before getting aboard, hit the maps. Find the best route you can take, that’s either the shortest or the one that will get your there in less time. This will cut down unnecessary driving time which will lessen your fuel consumption. 

    2 Check the tires
    It’s good practice to do a quick check of your car before driving. The tires, in particular, need to be checked for pressure. Keep them inflated to the recommended pressure and it will reduce drag significantly, meaning less wasted fuel (and cash) for you. 

    3 Don’t bring unnecessary baggage
    The heavier your car gets, the more work it does and the more fuel it needs to get going. Besides, no one likes being crammed in next to luggage in the backseat. You wouldn’t want to hear the kids complaining about it for the whole trip either. 

    4 Be a smart driver
    “Practice smart driving,” reads an article on Top Gear Philippines. And smart driving here means staying alert and attentive behind the wheel. “Anticipation on the road will save you sudden braking at stoplights and intersections. Use your car’s momentum to avoid stepping on the gas or brake too much.”

    5. Be gentle
    Did you know that flooring the gas once the light turns green burns more gas than if you gently accelerate? It does. So don’t be so impatient at those stoplights. You’re also less likely to get into any car trouble and accidents if you ease up on the gas. It’s a good idea since the kids are sitting in the backseat.

    As an additional tip to save on gas for when you’ve arrived at your destination, ask around for a shuttle service. “Many major tourist attractions offer free ‘hop on, hop off’ shuttle services with pick up point at different places in the city,” says Melody Valpaiso, a web developer and mom to two, to Smart Parenting magazine. “You may have to make reservations a few days or weeks in advance, but it’s free, it’s worth the extra step.” 

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