In the winter, it is hard to save money on gas or at least be as fuel friendly as summer. With it being so cold, your car will automatically use more gas because it is also taking the time to heat you and your family. Plus, it takes longer to warm the car.
Here are some tips to fuel economy tips for you and your family.
- Warm up your vehicle by driving it. With research, I found out you only really need 30 seconds of idling to circulate the engine oil on cold days. So there is no need to have it warm up before driving! I would avoid driving at high speeds for the first three miles of your trip when the temperature is below zero to avoid engine wear.
- Always go to the farthest destination first. This will warm up the engine and make it more efficient for your other stops during the day.
- If you are able, keep your car in a garage. Garages tend to be warmer, making it easier to warm your car.
- Clear your car of ice and snow before driving. This will make your car lighter and more aerodynamic. It will also save gas as you aren’t using a warm car to melt cold snow.
- Allow more time for travel. Trying to rush can use a lot of gas as well as slipping on ice and snow can use more than you want. Patience my friend.
I also realize that the newer the car, the better your car will hold up in colder weather. My friends at York Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram would also remind you to watch how low your gas tank is. You don’t want to have your gas tank near empty when it’s freezing outside.