Vehicles are less efficient during colder months for a number of reasons. Battery performance isn’t as strong in the winter; the process of heating up your vehicle, running your heater and defroster, and using heated seats drains efficiency; engines take longer to reach peak efficiency levels; and even the air is denser, creating more drag on your vehicle. But that doesn’t mean you have to just accept poor fuel economy in the cold. Here’s how to improve your fuel economy in the winter:
- Park in a warm location: If you have a garage, park in it during the winter. If parking out in public, choose a spot that will put your vehicle in direct sunlight. This will decrease the amount of time it takes to heat your vehicle.
- Don’t fall prey to remote start: Remote start is a great feature for cold winter mornings, but letting your car idle wastes so much gas. Only rely on remote start on truly freezing mornings.
- Check your tire pressure regularly: Cold air causes tire pressure to drop, which in turn reduces efficiency. Check your pressure often and fill your tires as needed to improve fuel economy.
- Change your oil: There are oils made specifically for peak performance in colder temperatures, which will improve your fuel economy.
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