Lighten Your Load
To save gas, AAA advises, empty your trunk of excess baggage you don't need. A heavier vehicle burns more gas. For other gas-saving tips, check out www.aaa.com.
Prepare for Emergencies
In addition to a cell phone, don't forget to bring a first-aid kit, blanket, flashlight, bottled water and snacks. For vacations, don't leave home without travel insurance. Companies such as TravelGuard offer single trip coverage to protect you in the event of a medical emergency, trip interruption or cancellation.
Save Time and Money: Join a Membership Program
For example, Hertz #1 Club is free to join and gets you on your way faster by offering express service at most major airport locations and the option to reserve a specific brand or model. Other perks include free rental days and discounts for child seats and additional drivers.
Upgrade Your Experience by Upgrading Your Car
For longer trips, prevent wear and tear on your own car by renting one. Hertz, for one, lets you make the vehicle the best part of the vacation by offering luxury and performance vehicles such as the Jaguar, Hummer, Ford Mustang and Mazda Miata. See www.hertz.com. Also keep in mind long drives are more fun-especially for the kids-when you rent a car equipped with such family-friendly options as DVD players and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Also look for safety options like Hertz NeverLost® in-car satellite navigation system and child/infant seats.