Travel Tip 12: Plan Your Gas Route When Traveling
It's not just about the prices.
I have never run out of gas when traveling, but I have come dangerously close twice. Both times were in the state of New Mexico. The Land of Enchantment has beautiful and unspoiled landscapes. That beauty also leads to long stretches of highways without gas stations, towns, or other services.
Running out of gas is especially likely when towing. I timed it perfectly on this trip from Magdalena, NM, but strong winds from the west cut into my calculations. It was a little too close for comfort, but I made it. The gas light came on just as I was about to pull into the gas station.
The cost of gas is another important consideration. There are several helpful apps you can use for this. Here are some common choices:
MapQuest Gas Prices
Keep in mind that some states have lower gas prices, and cities have cheaper gas than remote and rural towns. Some rural areas also do not sell premium gas, and you might have a long commute there and back to the highway. I once drove an hour to get gas!
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