How to Improve Your Fuel Economy in Cold Weather

Winter Weather ConditionsYou probably drive almost as much in the winter as you do in the summer, but did you know that testing by the Environmental Protection Agency shows that your vehicle’s gas mileage can drop by as much as 12 percent at 20 degrees Fahrenheit overall compared to 77 degrees Fahrenheit? In short trips, of less than four miles, it can drop by as much as 22 percent! Here are a few ways you can maximize your fuel economy even when the temperature is lower.

Improve Your Cold Weather Fuel Economy

There are some easy things that you can do to improve fuel economy. Here are some tips from the EPA:

  • Don’t warm up your car. Today’s cars don’t need to sit running to warm up before you drive them, and believe it or not, idling gets exactly 0 miles per gallon. That means that you’re just wasting gas going nowhere, and the engine will warm up faster while it’s driven. Don’t idle more than 30 seconds.
  • Minimize heater, defroster, and heated seat use. While it may be somewhat painful, you can help boost your fuel economy by reducing the use of your heated seats, window defrosters, and heater fans. All use power that drags on the engine’s efficiency!
  • Check your tire pressure. Low air temperature will reduce tire pressure, so you need to adjust according to the seasons, to make the most of your vehicle.
  • Use the right oil. If your manufacturer recommends a cold weather oil, follow the directions. In cold weather, oil and other lubricants get thicker, increasing friction. If you use a cold weather oil, you reduce friction and can improve fuel economy.
  • Drive slower. Colder air is denser and adds aerodynamic drag while you’re driving. Driving the speed limit is a good way to improve fuel economy all year round, but especially in the winter.

Visit Community Honda Today

Visit Community Honda at 8340 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, IL to find your perfect winter vehicle or to have your regular maintenance performance to make sure your vehicle is getting the most out of every gallon. You can also contact us online for more tips!