Fuel-saving on your camping holiday — that’s how it works
How do campers go on holiday in the most resource-efficient way possible?
Motor vehicle drivers currently have to dig deep into their pockets to fill up due to the very high fuel prices. Unfortunately, the fuel discount, which was introduced on June 1 to relieve German citizens, does little to reduce fuel prices in reality. After the first week of June, the price for Super E10 fell just under 2 euros, while that for diesel rose again to over 2 euros. camping.info gives tips on how you can still save a few euros on the way to your camping holiday, despite the high fuel costs.
- Shift gears early: If you shift gears early, you keep consumption low. Modern vehicles tell you when to shift gears. Eco mode can help with electric vehicles.
- Avoid unnecessary braking: If you drive as far as possible with foresight, you can avoid unnecessary braking. Constant stop-and-go only increases consumption and is a real “fuel guzzler”.
- Drive more slowly: As speed increases, fuel consumption also increases due to increasing air resistance. In this respect, it is advisable to drive a little more calmly and moderately.
- Pack efficiently: When camping, the rule is “Only take what you really need with you if possible” – in view of the high fuel prices, however, this sentence gets a special rating. Additional weight clearly increases fuel consumption. In particular, taking a roof box with you should be well thought out: This unnecessarily increases air resistance. Also for other accessories, such as sports equipment, a rear rack is preferable to a roof rack due to the lower air resistance.
- Use cruise control: On free highways, a cruise control can help you not to constantly accelerate and drive more evenly. This saves money in the end.
- Check tire pressure: If the pressure is too low, the rolling resistance increases and so does fuel consumption. You can usually find the optimum tire pressure on the door frame of your vehicle.
- Use air conditioning correctly: If possible, open the windows and enjoy the wind. If cooling with air conditioning is essential, make sure not to cool at the highest level, because the same applies here: drive moderately and take a little more time to save fuel.
- Adapt to the traffic: According to the motto “go with the flow” you should adapt to the speed of the person in front and refrain from unnecessary overtaking manoeuvres.
- Avoid mountain passes: If you have the choice and can do without the special view of serpentines, you should prefer the flatter and less hilly motorways. In this way you can avoid altitude meters and avoid higher consumption.
- Download the fuel price app: With an app you can save a few euros by getting an overview of the surrounding fuel prices on your cell phone.
Our 10 tips make it clear: When you’re on holiday, you should pay particular attention to your driving style and speed in order to reach your destination as resource-efficiently and comparatively inexpensively as possible. And last but not least: If you drive calmly and moderately, you can start your holiday much more relaxed.