It’s an unfortunate part of winter, but your car’s fuel mileage decreases along with the temperatures outside. This means having to spend more money at the gas pump, which may not be ideal after the holidays have taken a chunk out of your budget. At Collision King, we believe that saving money on fuel mileage is important for everybody, so we’ve laid out some tips that can have you visiting the gas station less often this season:
Avoid Idling Your Car for Long Periods of Time
Believe it or not, the age-old tip of idling your car to warm it up actually decreases your fuel efficiency. While it does warm up the engine marginally, most vehicle manufacturers state it is no longer necessary. Instead of waiting 10 minutes with your car running in the driveway, simply start your engine, wait 30 seconds, and then slowly begin to drive. This will help safely warm up your engine without wasting fuel.
Combine Your Trips
Instead of taking multiple trips to do your errands, combine them into one trip. For example, if you are driving from work, stop by to pick up your groceries before you head home. The engine won’t completely cool between these short stops, so you avoid having to use as much fuel to heat it back up. Additionally, this saves you from an individual drive per each errand, which also saves you from using unnecessary fuel.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Your tire pressure is an important part of your vehicle’s fuel economy. In winter, tires lose pressure more quickly than in warmer seasons. Check your tire pressure often during winter. If you notice that your tires are low, inflate them as necessary to help save yourself some money at the gas pump.
Park in a Warm Place
Utilize your garage if you can. Parking your car in a warm area, such as a garage, keeps your engine slightly warmer and protected from the elements, which contributes to a higher fuel efficiency. It reduces the time needed to warm up your engine to a fuel-efficient temperature and avoids having to use the defrosting feature that can lead to a decreased number of miles per gallon.
Remove Any Wind-Resisting Accessories
While the cargo rack on your roof may have been useful during your holiday travels, it’s best to remove it when not in use to improve fuel efficiency. A roof-top cargo box increases wind resistance, which means your car has to work harder and use more fuel. To get more miles to the gallon, remove your cargo rack when it is not necessary to use.
Who wants to spend time standing at the gas pump in the middle of a cold winter? With these tips, you can reduce the need to fuel up as often and save yourself both time and money. For any other car care needs you may have, Collision King can help. We are a leading name in automotive services and collision repair in the Houston, Texas area. Give us a call at (713) 686-5677.