Some people love driving in winter, but most of us really don’t like it. Usually were frozen to the bone inside a vehicle that doesn’t always feel stable, we can’t really see what’s going on outside because our windows are all fogged up, and there’s a weird sound coming from our front left tire from the ice that has accumulated in there. We also noticed that we’re putting gas in the car a lot more. Indeed, one of the many unfortunate side effects of driving in winter is increased fuel consumption.
A car’s engine is a finely tuned machine that operates optimally when it reaches a certain temperature. It is a lot harder to reach that temperature when it is -40° outside. Still, there are a few things you can do to minimize the impact of winter on your vehicle’s fuel economy.
It revolves around getting your vehicle’s engine up to temperature. That said, the last thing that you want to do is to leave it idling in the driveway for an extended period of time. This will make your fuel consumption skyrocket and isn’t even the most efficient way of getting your interior up to temperature. The best way to warm up your vehicle’s cabin is simply to head out on the road. Sure, you will be driving in a cold vehicle at first, but you will notice that the cabin gets toasty a lot sooner.
Now, once your engine is operating at a perfect temperature, you want to try to combine as many errands as possible which will allow you to drive longer with an engine that consumes less fuel because it is operating at the right temperature.
Other tips include making sure your vehicle is in the best possible condition which means getting it serviced before winter arrives, checking your winter tire pressure to make sure that it is right at the level that you want, and cleaning your vehicle often so that your vehicle’s components can operate unobstructed. We hope that these tips will prove useful saving you a few dollars this winter on fuel.
Thanks to Vickar Nissan for their help!