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Road Trip Tips to Save Money and Avoid Road Closures

Whether you’re driving locally or taking a road trip this summer, you can use these resources to help plan your trip, save money and avoid detours.

  • Gas Mileage Tips — Find out how driving efficiently, keeping your car in good condition, and combining trips can help you save money.
  • Traffic and Road Closures — Get resources to keep you informed about road and traffic conditions.
  • Scenic Byways — Find scenic drives that you might enjoy while traveling on the road.

Wherever you’re driving, make safety a top priority and keep in mind that most states have banned texting while driving. Learn more about distracted driving.

Find more tips for your road trips.

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Announcer: Shopping for a new car? Now comparing the fuel economy of different vehicles is faster and easier than ever before.

New fuel economy labels designed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation will let you quickly transfer information to your smart phone. Using a QR, or quick response reader app that you can download to your phone, scan the new labels to get mileage estimates, environmental emissions details and more.

The new labels will even help you see how much you can save at the gas pump with your new car or truck.

You can also customize these tools to your driving habits, and estimate fuel costs for city or highway driving. Figuring out how to save money and the environment just got easier.

Visit fueleconomy.gov for more information.

Buying a new car is a big decision. Use these tips to make sure you are prepared before you go car shopping.

New Fuel Economy Labels for Fuel Efficient Cars

new fuel economy label for a flexible-fuel vehicle

If you’re in the market for a new car, then you may be familiar with fuel economy labels. These labels list the gas mileage estimates for city and highway driving.

Starting with 2013 model year vehicles, you will be able to easily see how much you will save on gasoline with a more efficient vehicle, such as a hybrid, electric, or alternative fuel vehicle. The labels will show the traditional miles per gallon estimate and will also tell you the average annual fuel cost and how much you would save by buying a fuel efficient car. 

The new labels also feature a Quick Response (QR) code that allows you to comparison shop using a smart phone. You can scan the QR code with your phone to store that vehicle’s information, compare it to other vehicles, and access Fueleconomy.gov for more detailed estimates based off current gas prices and electricity rates in your area.

These new additions to the fuel economy label will help you understand the long-term cost in addition to the sticker price.

For more information on the new labels visit Fueleconomy.gov.