Tips for saving cash when driving a rental car

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 2:15:24 PM

When traveling for business, every penny counts. It can be difficult to resist the temptation to cruise around your travel destination and enjoy all of the alluring sights, but budget business travelers should keep the bottom line in mind when using car rentals.

Set the cruise control. According to the State Journal-Register, vehicles lose fuel economy when speeds go above the 55 mph mark. Try to go a steady 55, and employ your rental car's cruise control to avoid unnecessary breaks and accelerations.

Make sure to turn off your engine if you're stopped for longer than a minute or two. For example, turn off your car when heading into a bank, or when you need to make a stop that is as short or quick in nature.

According to the Lansing State Journal, ridding your rental car of unnecessary baggage can give it a better fuel economy as well. Keep bags, laptops and suitcases in your hotel or corporate suite unless absolutely necessary.

Business travel can require meeting clients and coworkers at various locations for lunch, meetings or conferences. If your schedule and the city's layout allows, walk to from place to place. You'll alleviate the stress of parking in an unfamiliar city while enjoying the benefits of a heart-health workout. Of course, you'll also save on gas and parking costs.

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