By Derek Wood | Insurance agent
Cold temperatures can be a drag on our vehicles’ fuel economy.
In fact, frigid air can reduce the number of miles we can travel on a tank of gas by as much as 34% in some cases, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
But there are ways you can boost your gas mileage (and save on gas costs) this winter:
|1| Check your tire pressure
You’ll be safer on the roads and improve your gas mileage by up to 3% by keeping your tires inflated properly, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
|2| Combine trips
This way, you’ll drive less often with a cold engine. (Hint: Cars run better when the engine is warm!)
|3| Reduce idling time
Most manufacturers recommend driving off gently after about 30 seconds. Your engine will warm up faster being driven.
|4| Lighten the load
Remove accessories you don’t need outside (like roof racks) or inside (like golf clubs) your vehicle during the winter to decrease wind resistance and improve efficiency.
|5| Park in a warmer place
If it’s an option, park in a garage to increase the initial temperature of your engine and cabin.
|6| Be picky with the seat warmer
Heated seats, window defrosters and heater fans use additional power, decreasing your fuel economy.