Fuel Economy Tips for Winter

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Why is Fuel Efficiency Important?

Beyond saving you dollars at the pump, cars that consume less fuel over a given distance help reduce your carbon blueprint and reduces overdependence on oil. Again, when we burn less fuel, it increases the energy sustainability of non-renewable sources, such as oil.

Fuel Economy Tips for Winter

Having seen the importance of fuel efficiency in vehicles, you might wonder how you can amp up your fuel efficiency during winter. But why special attention to winter? You see, winter poses unique driving challenges that increase fuel inefficiency because of the following reasons:

  • Tire pressure decreases in freezing temperatures. As a result, road resistance increases, leading to increased fuel mileage.
  • The engine requires more time to reach fuel-efficient optimal temperature.
  • Aerodynamics is affected by cold air, which causes drag, especially at high speeds.
  • Features like heated seats, heated fans, and the defroster are likely to be used during the cold season, increasing fuel inefficiency.

Fortunately, despite the above winter challenges, you can deploy various driving practices to boost fuel economy. To that end, below are tips you can try to get better consumption during winter.

Avoid Short Trips

Typically, vehicles take longer to warm up during winter than in summer. As such, driving for short distances contributes to poor fuel economy as most travel time is spent warming up the engine. If you must travel short distances, consider combining trips to drive less with a cold engine.

Check Tire Pressure

Incorrectly inflated tires contribute to poor fuel economy. Particularly, underinflated tires increase road resistance, increasing fuel consumption.

Reduce Idling Time

Idling your engine for long, especially in cold weather, increases fuel consumption. Most automotive manufacturers advise drivers to drive gently for about 30 seconds. This way, the engine warms up faster, resulting in improved fuel economy and reduced emissions.

Other measures you can take to reduce fuel consumption in winter include:

  • Reducing the unnecessary use of seat warmers and defrosters
  • Using the recommended oil for driving in cold weather.
  • Removing accessories like roof racks that increase resistance.

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