- Saving fuel in winter involves warming up the engine
- Reducing weight is also useful
Of all of the inconveniences of driving in winter, increased fuel consumption is certainly right up there. That said, there are plenty of ways that you can save on fuel even when it’s cold outside and a snow storm is raging. Here are a few tips that will help you do just that and keep your fuel bill in check this winter.
Don’t Let the Engine Idle
This may be the easiest way to save on fuel in the next few months. Nobody likes getting into a cold car and many drivers tend to leave their vehicle idling four long minutes every morning just to make sure the cabin is toasty.
That said, letting a cold engine run on idle for an extended period of time can wreak havoc on your fuel consumption. It’s also not the fastest way to get your cabin up to temperature. By driving, you will actually heat up the cabin faster and you will save on fuel in the process. In other words, even if the car is cold you should get in and head out on the road. The car will warm up faster and so will you.
Take Longer Trips
The main reason your vehicle consumes more fuel in winter is that the engine runs less efficiently when it is cold. Once it gets up to temperature however, you will enjoy basically the same fuel economy as you do in summer, give or take a few differences here and there. In other words, you want to drive as long as possible with the vehicle when its engine has warmed up to lower fuel consumption. That means that you should try to combine trips as much as possible so that you get everything done when your engine is running at its peak.
Keep the Weight in Check
Weight is a sure fire enemy of fuel economy. We tend to leave a lot of things in the vehicle in winter including sand and salt bags, our hockey equipment, shovels, and some people even leave their summer tires in the vehicle. Try and unload all that stuff as much as possible when you are driving in winter to save on fuel.
We hope these tips will help you get through a tough winter season without too much of an impact on your vehicle’s fuel economy. Thanks to Glenmore Audi for their help with this article.