5th December 2020 in

Spreading Holiday Cheer with Nexit, the Number One Gas Hack

Ordinarily, the holiday skies are filled with vacationers in airplanes, traveling long distances to spend time with their families.

Whether you were going across the country for a few enjoyable days at someone’s home or a more exotic middle ground for the whole family, this was the season of holiday cheer. That was until 2020 struck.

Slowing the spread of COVID-19 means avoiding air travel, and in many instances, banning it altogether. Thus, the trip to Tahiti, Spain, or wherever else you had in mind must wait.

Understandably, many people are still set on traveling across the country to see close family members. Of course, they’re taking every precaution to remain safe, but they’re willing to hit the open road and make the trek for the sake of holiday bonding.

Conversely, other social distancing-friendly destinations exist, such as renting an Airbnb. This option offers a welcome change of scenery from your regular abode, making the holidays feel unique and memorable despite the circumstances. 

People keep finding ways to adjust to the new normal, including adapting their holiday plans to these challenging parameters.

With all this said, what does this stark change in behavior mean for the 2020 holidays? Let’s take a look:

Will the roads be busier than ever this holiday?

Last year, it was projected that 6.97 million US citizens traveled via airplane during this time.

Unsurprisingly, there will be a drop in travel this year, with air travel being almost non-existent. All the same, since airports are a no-go, the roads will see plenty of action.

Let’s put this into perspective:

It’s expected that 47.8 million people took a trip in their automobile during Thanksgiving 2020, accounting for 95% of all travel during the holiday. Yes, that’s a drop year-over-year, considering there were 55 million road-trippers on turkey day 2019. 

Still, with the current situation and landscape, the drop isn’t all that significant. For instance, those who would have traveled by plane are likely insisting on doing so by car.

We can expect these upcoming December holidays to mirror what happened during Thanksgiving. Maybe it won’t quite resemble last year’s record 115 million people traveling, but the decline won’t be all that significant.

And as long as everyone remains safe and is mindful of various protocols, car travel is an excellent alternative to bolster your holiday season.

Leveraging gas prices for your journey

Are you one of the millions who’ll be hitting the road this holiday season?

Well, given all the other expenses involved during this time of year, why not examine every avenue for saving cash? After all, on average, Americans were projected to spend around $1,050 on holiday gifts, goodies, and travel last year.  

One way to mitigate those expenses is by being smart with your gas spending during your holiday travels. 

Let’s illustrate further:

When you initially purchase your Shell Gas Card (which stems from a Shell and AAA partnership), you receive a 25-30 cent per gallon discount. Unfortunately, that only counts for the first purchase.

Beyond that, you could visit the same brand’s gas station but end up paying a different price. Costs often vary between $2.39 and $2.89. 

Thus, you must be highly strategic with your refueling stops. Now, this is easier said than done. Nobody wants to end up on a wild goose chase trying to find affordable gas.

Fortunately, Nexit will help you stick to your traveling budget.

Nexit: navigating gas station pricing with pinpoint accuracy

There are many advantages when you choose Nexit as your travel app. However, perhaps the standout feature is the ability to compare gas prices.

This functionality vastly eclipses Apple Maps since it doesn’t even compare gas prices. Whereas Google Maps does display some pricing, but only around you and not ahead.

Nexit gives you a three-dimensional look at all gas stations on your journey. In fact, it will show differences even if the stations in question are the same brand. Meaning that you won’t only find a Shell station, but the least expensive Shell station that keeps you on your route.

Moreover, Nexit’s functionality is compatible with other gas station apps.  

So, this holiday, when you hit the road, use Nexit as your guide not only with finding the most efficient route but locating the most affordable gas.

Happy and safe driving 🚗
Team Nexit.