NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace recommends low-cost product to help make summer road trips affordable.
Road trips are an American tradition, but with today’s rising fuel costs a wrong turn can be costly. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s seasonal forecast,1 many Americans can expect to pay about 34 cents more for a gallon of gasoline this summer than last summer. Despite the forecast for higher prices, not many people are likely to stay home. In fact, after zero growth in 2005, it is predicted that drivers will use 1.4 percent more gasoline in 2006.
By using a trip-planning tool such as Microsoft® Streets & Trips 2006 with GPS Locator along with a few simple driving techniques to save gas, summer travelers can hit the road with confidence knowing that they will get the most out of a full tank of gas, without getting lost. At an estimated retail price of $129 (U.S.), the product is also an affordable alternative to the in-car navigation systems and handheld GPS units on the market today.
Rising gas prices affect everyone, especially those who drive for a living. According to legendary NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace, planning ahead is the key to a successful road trip that does not break the bank.
“As people hit the road this spring and summer, Microsoft Streets & Trips 2006 with GPS Locator is the perfect way to find the most efficient route possible,” Wallace said. “I’m going to be on the road a lot this summer, and I always use this program to plan out my trip in advance, so I get to my destination without spending extra money on gas.”
“With gas prices on the rise, every road trip is hitting the pocketbook hard, especially when we’re thinking about upcoming summer road trips,” said Helen Chiang, product manager for Microsoft Streets & Trips. “Streets & Trips 2006 with GPS Locator includes several tools to help plan an economical road trip, such as a fuel consumption manager and trip planning features that help you find the most direct route.” Continue At Source