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3 Things to Know Before You Go


It’s that special time of year where people travel to celebrate the holidays with family and friends or decide it’s the perfect opportunity for a quick getaway! If you’re busy buying gifts or attending parties, there isn’t too much time to plan for travel so we’ve pulled together the 3 things you need to know before you go this holiday season.

1. How to save money

The cost of gas eats into your budget pretty fast, even on short trips. Try joining a fuel loyalty program before you depart to maximize your savings. For example, after your first fill-up using the Chase Pay® app at Shell, you can earn 25 cents per gallon in Fuel Rewards® every time you pay at the pump through 12/31/18.* Also, use our Trip Cost Calculator to get an estimate of what you’ll spend in fuel before you go.

2. How to do a quick maintenance check

Ever been in a storm with a bad windshield wiper? It’s not good and can be avoided. Conduct a quick car maintenance check before you go. Inspect your wipers, test your battery, examine the tire pressure and treads, check your fluids (coolant and oil), and replenish your emergency kit. Our information on winter car preparation is a great pre-trip resource.

3. How to keep everyone entertained

Be prepared for boredom whether traveling solo or with a crew. Music, audiobooks and podcasts are perfect for road trips. Here’s a list of apps and resources to cue up a playlist or download audiobooks and shows beforehand so they’re ready when you need them. If you’re traveling with little ones, you may need to up your game. Check out the Bring On The Fun section in our How to Survive a Road Trip with Kids Guide for tons of suggestions on how to keep the kids happy.

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GasBuddy is a company that connects drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop. As the leading source for crowdsourced, real-time fuel prices at more than 150,000 gas station convenience stores in the U.S., Canada and Australia, millions of drivers use the GasBuddy app and website every day to find gas station convenience stores based on fuel prices, location and ratings/reviews. GasBuddy’s first-of-its-kind fuel savings program, Pay with GasBuddy, has saved Americans more than $6 million at the pumps since its launch in 2017.