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Thrifty Road-tripping: Can you save dough on the road?
by Staff
Sure, the open road seems liberating. But if you're not careful, that open road will quietly chew through your money, even as your car chews through the miles. Do you know how to protect your dough on the road? Show us your stuff.

Who wrote the classic road-trip novel "On The Road"?

  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Jack Kerouac
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald

In general, which is the cheapest way to eat on a road trip?

  • Buy your eats at a grocery store.
  • Use the drive-through windows at fast-food restaurants.
  • Stop at local diners.

Which of the following land designations allows you to camp for free?

  • National Park
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • National Monument

According to AAA, in 2011, what was the per-mile operating cost of a small sedan, driven 20,000 miles (32,186 kilometers) per year?

  • 38.1 cents
  • 57.3 cents
  • 75.9 cents

According to AAA, in 2011, what was the per-mile operating cost of an SUV, driven 10,000 miles (16,093 kilometers) per year?

  • 38.1 cents
  • 57.3 cents
  • 98.2 cents

What is the road-trip meaning of the colloquial term "boondocking"?

  • to camp for free
  • to drive country roads instead of highways
  • to visit North Dakota

Which of these is one trick for finding cheap gas?

  • Hit the pump early on a weekend morning.
  • The rule is "fewer pumps is lower price."
  • Hit the pumps mid-week.

True or false: Usually, you wind up spending less on your adventures if you plan your road trip before you leave.

  • true
  • false

Every year in the United States, how many gallons of gas evaporate from overfilled tanks?

  • 10,000 gallons
  • 100,000 gallons
  • 147 million gallons

Which of the following tend to be the cheapest recreation options?

  • theme parks and zoos
  • rodeos and state fairs
  • national parks and museums

If you're driving 65 miles per hour (104.6 kilometers per hour), what is the most fuel-efficient way to cool your car?

  • Roll down the windows.
  • Turn on the AC.
  • Drive into a lake.

If you're driving 40 miles per hour (64.3 kilometers per hour), what is the most fuel-efficient way to cool your car?

  • Roll down the windows.
  • Turn on the AC.
  • Go through a carwash.

Each mile-per-hour over 60 you drive is approximately the equivalent of paying how much extra per gallon of gas?

  • 1 cent
  • 5 cents
  • 10 cents

True or false: Using the cruise control at highway speeds decreases your gas mileage.

  • true
  • false

According to Jack Kerouac in his book "On The Road," which U.S. city is home to the world's prettiest girls?

  • Los Angeles, California
  • New York, New York
  • Des Moines, Iowa

Where can you almost always find a cheap shower?

  • campgrounds
  • truck stops
  • local gas stations

What is one tip to decrease the cost of buying fast food?

  • Go inside instead of through the drive-through.
  • Always super-size your meal to buy in bulk.
  • Ask for family and friends discounts.

Which of the following practices is illegal?

  • asking a passenger to hang his smelly feet out the window as you drive
  • turning off your ignition to coast down hills
  • putting your car in neutral to coast down hills

Which of the following is not likely to help you lower your gas costs?

  • looking for hotel gas discounts
  • looking for shopping card gas discounts
  • deflating your tires slightly

All else being equal, will you get better gas mileage when it's cooler or warmer outside?

  • Cooler is better.
  • Warmer is better.