How to improve fuel economy during the winter

Maximize your winter fuel economy

How to improve fuel economy during the winter

It’s a commonly known fact that fuel economy ratings drop along with the temperature. Most drivers find this to be an annoyance at the least and a significant inconvenience at the most. Many car shoppers will be looking to learn more about how to improve fuel economy during the winter. There are a few things you can do to help save gas even during colder weather.

Keep your car warm

Keeping your car in a warmer place when you are not driving it can help keep the temperature of the engine higher. If possible, store your car in a garage. If the engine is able to stay at a higher temperature, it does not have to work as hard to warm up, and will be able to save fuel. Storing your car in a garage will also help to keep the interior warmer, and reduce the need to run the heater to warm the car up.snow on car window

If a garage is not an option, there are other things you can do to improve fuel economy.

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Turn off electronics

The electrical systems in your car draw power from the engine, thus reducing fuel economy. Only run electrical systems if they are absolutely needed. This includes the heater and heated seats. As soon as your car warms up, turn off your heater to save power.

Cut down on engine idling

Another solution that might not sound appealing to people who enjoy getting into a warm car before they begin driving. Engine idling may warm up your car, but it wastes gas. Cutting down on engine idling will help your fuel economy improve. Your car will also warm up faster if it is driven normally than if it idles.

At Queens Auto Mall, we offer several capable cars that will help get you through the winter months. Take a look at our selection to learn more about everything we have to offer, or stop by and take a test drive.