I don’t drive much, so this past weekend’s roadtrip to Mount Madonna retreat center in the redwoods near Watsonville — 101 miles there and 101 miles back — was a big deal.
We (my significant other and I) drove down together late afternoon Friday, and tried to drive smart.
- Carpool lane. Since there were two of us in the car, we took advantage of the carpool lane for a smoother and more fuel-efficient ride.
- Waiting until we got warm, before we turned on the AC. Hey, we weren’t sweating. We were lucky that when we got in the car it was a cool San Francisco afternoon.
- Didn’t speed (too much.) Stayed close to the speed limit; within 5 miles.
- Tried to park in the shade, and when we got back in the car, opened the doors and windows to cool down before getting started.
- No extra junk in the car. (I used to be bad about this, but fortunately my boyfriend is an expert de-clutterer.)
- Combine trips. We stopped at the famed outlet malls in Gilroy, because they were on the way back. And stopped to see a friend. Would have been a waste to have driven so far without getting some other fun and errands done. Obviously, do this for 2 mile trips, too.
One important thing we forgot to do:
- Check tire pressure.
A couple of sites with information: