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Memorial Day weekend marks the start of road trip season, when families all across the nation pack up their cars, trucks and SUVs and take off for destinations across the country.

Why do they drive? To save money on airfare, airport parking and the stress of air travel, instead packing multiple family members into one over-cramped vehicle. But with gas prices reaching an average of nearly 60 cents more than this time last year, do the savings really add up?

At the current national average of $2.86 per gallon of regular gasoline, budget-conscious consumers will want to take steps to avoid filling up more often than necessary. So whether you’re traveling to the Rocky Mountains or to the grocery store for some Rocky Road, heed these efficient driving tips to avoid that old seasonal affliction–pain at the pump.