Fuel-saving camping holidays - this is how it's done

How do campers go on holiday in the most resource-efficient way possible?

Fuel-saving travel drive

July 1, 2022


Motorists are currently having to dig deep into their pockets for petrol due to the very high fuel prices. Even the fuel rebate, which was introduced on 1 June to relieve the burden on German citizens, unfortunately does little to reduce fuel prices in reality. After the first week of June, the price of Super E10 fell to just under 2 euros, while that of diesel rose again to over 2 euros. Spottocamp.com gives tips on how you can still save a euro or two on the way to your camping holiday despite high fuel costs.

Shift gears early: Shifting gears early keeps fuel consumption low. Modern vehicles tell you when you should change gear. In the case of electric vehicles, the eco mode can help.

Avoid unnecessary braking: If you drive as far ahead as possible, you can avoid unnecessary braking. Constant stop-and-go only increases consumption and is a real "fuel guzzler".

Slow down: As speed increases, so does fuel consumption due to the increasing air resistance. In this respect, it is advisable to drive more calmly and moderately.

Pack efficiently: When camping, it is true either way that "if possible, only take what you really need" - in view of the high fuel prices, however, this sentence is given extra weight. Additional weight clearly increases consumption. In particular, taking a roof box with you should be carefully considered: It unnecessarily increases air resistance. Even with other accessories, such as sports equipment, a rear rack is preferable to a roof rack because of the lower air resistance.

Drive more slowly: As speed increases, so does fuel consumption due to the increasingly stronger air resistance.

Use cruise control: On open motorways, cruise control can help you not to accelerate constantly and drive more balanced. This will save you money in the end.

Check tyre pressure: If the pressure is too low, rolling resistance increases and so does fuel consumption. You can usually find the optimum tyre pressure on the door frame of your vehicle.

7. use the air conditioning correctly: If possible, open the windows and enjoy the breeze. If cooling with air conditioning is indispensable, be careful not to use the highest setting, because here, too, it is better to drive moderately and take a little more time to save fuel.

8. adapt to the traffic: True to the motto "Go with the flow", you should adapt to the speed of the vehicle in front of you and refrain from unnecessary overtaking manoeuvres.

9. avoid mountain passes: If you have the choice and can do without the special view of serpentines, you should prefer the flatter and less mountainous highways. This way you can avoid altitude and higher fuel consumption.

Download a fuel price app: With an app, you can save a euro or two by getting an overview of the surrounding fuel prices via mobile phone.

Our 10 tips make it clear: on the way to your holiday, you should pay particular attention to your driving style and your speed in order to reach your destination as resource-efficiently and comparatively cheaply as possible. And last but not least, if you drive calmly and moderately, you can start your holiday much more relaxed.