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6 ways to improve your gas mileage this winter

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.

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