How Can You Improve Your Fuel Usage in the Winter?

image with text How Can You Improve Your Fuel Usage in the Winter?

The winter can be a hazardous time for your wallet when it comes to fuel costs. Many drivers make mistakes that cost them in fuel but can be easily remedied. All it takes is a few habit changes to ensure that you aren’t burning fuel needlessly in the winter. 

Stop Letting Your Car Idle

We all have heard that you should let your car run for a few minutes on a cold winter morning to warm up the engine. In fact, most manufacturers say that your car needs 30 seconds to a minute at most before you gently start driving. As long as you go easy on your car, it will have enough time to get warm without wasting fuel.

Keep an Eye on Your Tire Pressure

You may have noticed that your tire pressure light comes on as soon as the temperatures drop. The cold weather can cause the air in your tires to drop and cause your tires to lose some inflation. One essential part of fuel economy is making sure your wheels are properly inflated so your car isn’t having to work too hard on the road.

Make One Trip at a Time

You have holiday shopping and errands to run to get ready for family gatherings. You’ll do your car a favor by planning ahead and taking one trip instead of multiple trips throughout the day. Your engine won’t have the chance to cool down between trips and waste fuel.

Park in a Warm Place

Depending on where you live, it can be difficult to find a warm place to park your car during the winter. However, if you are able to park in a garage at home or to find a parking garage during the day to stow your vehicle, you will be able to reduce the time it takes to warm up your car and avoid having to defrost your windows.

Contact Performance Auto today to speak with our honest and qualified team. Let us take care of your car repair today!

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