Did you know there are tips and tricks during winter months that help with fuel efficiency? Because vehicles need to work overtime during the winter time, they will end up using more fuel. Here are a few ways the cold weather can affect your car:
– Fuel inefficiency is caused in most cars when temperature drops below freezing levels.
– The tire pressure of a vehicle will decrease during cold months, which means it will reduce the traction of the tires and increase resistance.
– An engine will take longer to reach optimal fuel efficiency temperature due to the cold weather. This will affect short distance driving the most.
Fuel economy tips for winter
There are also many ways to improve fuel economy during cold weather, here are a few tips:
Driving longer distance – Avoid Short Drives
It’s best to avoid short distance driving during winter since most of the driving time will be dedicated to warming up the engine and go against fuel efficiency. The engine will take longer to warm up during cold months, so driving longer distance is ideal, if possible. Planning ahead and getting more done in one drive will be the most effective for fuel efficiency.
Make sure to check tire pressure.
The right tread depth for maximum traction is essential for fuel economy during cold months. Newer cars tend to have a digital tire pressure monitor, which is very helpful. But knowing what the optimum tire pressure should be is key. You can find this information on the frame inside the door opening. Want to know about our Tire Installation Services? Click here, we offer tire installation, tire balancing, tire rotation, tire storage and more. We offer free tire installation storage, contact us today for more info!
Idling time – Might surprise you!
Did you know that idling the engine for a long period of time doesn’t actually help with fuel efficiency? Most manufacturers recommend idling the engine for 30 seconds maximum. The best way to warm up your engine faster is to drive. How great is that? If you’re running late in the morning, no need to idle the engine more than 30 seconds. This will vary depending on which vehicle you are driving. For example, a diesel engine may need more time to warm up.
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