Family Memories And Unexpected Detours Stand Out In Shell Favorite Road Trip Sweepstakes Entries Three Chances Remain To Win Free Fuel For A Year

HOUSTON, July 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Some road trips are taken for pleasure, others are more purposeful; Danielle Butler of Crystal Springs, Miss. took such a trip. "My husband and I eloped in September of 2007. We loaded the car with only a couple of friends and headed to New Orleans so we could get married. It was a really great adventure. We had to borrow the last $10 to finish paying the justice of the peace."

Road trips offer a slice of Americana giving drivers the opportunity to build lasting family memories and the chance to experience new adventures.  In fact, two themes were consistent among the stories consumers shared through the Shell Favorite Road Trip Sweepstakes: family and unexpected detours. From June 20 to date, thousands of consumers have shared their favorite road trip memories for one of eight chances to win a year's worth* of New Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines. The sweepstakes runs through August 15 and winners are chosen weekly. Three winners have already been selected but consumers can still enter for one of the three remaining prizes.

Winner Melissa Leinart of Clinton, Tenn. reminisced, "My favorite summer road trip was to the Grand Canyon with my parents and younger brother. It took us 4 days of driving to get there and I can still remember it like it was yesterday."

Though every traveller sets out in the hopes that their journey goes off exactly as planned, for many entrants, detours were often the most memorable aspects of their road trip. Ronda Davis of Batesville, Ark. was "headed to Florida to lay on the beach and bask in the sun. However on [her] road trip [she] received a phone call about two poodles needing a home so [she] re-routed [her] road trip and went to Montgomery, Alabama and picked up two dogs!"  

Another winner, Troy Humble of Roswell, NM, "drove from Iowa to New Mexico with only 3 flat tires on the way." And, this can serve as a reminder that any time you set off on the road, there is much to plan for a successful trip and keeping your road trip on track starts before you even leave the driveway. According to the national survey of 450 auto mechanics, the following are some of the great tips that mechanics agree will help keep your vehicle healthy and on the road longer:

  • Change oil at manufacturer suggested intervals
  • Replace fluids regularly
  • Fill up with high quality gasoline
  • Rotate/align tires regularly

Whether it's the perfect trip or one plagued with ups and downs, a great road trip story can pay off this summer.  Shell, the no. 1 selling brand of gasoline in the U.S., is hosting the Favorite Road Trip Sweepstakes to celebrate this classic American pastime – and the many memories made along the way. To enter, share your favorite road trip memory or route online at Facebook.com/Shell through August 15 for your chance to win a year's worth of Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasoline. Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines have 20% more active cleaning agents than before to help protect an engine's intake valves and fuel injectors from performance-robbing gunk. One winner will be randomly selected each week. No purchase is necessary to enter.

For more information on the Shell Favorite Road Trip Sweepstakes and official rules, visit www.facebook.com/shell. For more information on the benefits of New Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines visit shell.us/ontheroad. You can also find information on ways to save and our approach on Smarter Mobility at www.shell.us/smarterdriving.

* For the purposes of this Prize, "a year's worth of new Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines" is calculated as the average consumer's yearly gasoline consumption of 636 gallons (4.5 fuel purchases per month x 11.77 gallons of gasoline per purchase x 12 months) at an average present-day cost of $3.69 / gallon (consistent with the U.S. Department of Energy statistics for regular grade gasoline as of May 28, 2012 (636 x $3.69 = $2,346.843). Fluctuations in gasoline prices after this date will not affect calculation of the prize amount.

About Shell Oil Company

Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Royal Dutch Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with approximately 90,000 employees in more than 80 countries.  We deliver a diverse range of energy solutions and petrochemicals to customers worldwide.  These include transporting and trading oil and gas, marketing natural gas, producing and selling fuel for ships and planes, generating electricity and providing energy efficiency advice.  We also produce and sell petrochemical building blocks to industrial customers globally, and we are investing in making renewable and lower-carbon energy sources competitive for large-scale use.  In the U.S., we operate in 50 states and employ more than 20,000 people delivering energy in a responsible manner.

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SOURCE Shell Oil Company



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