Tuesday, February 26, 2013
How To Save Fuel In The Winter
In addition to things you should do year-round like combining errands to avoid making a bunch of shorter trips and turning off your car rather than idling if you expect to be waiting more than 10 seconds, there are a few ways that you can improve fuel efficiency during the winter months.
First, you can get rid of the extra weight in your trunk. While you may carry extra weight to give you more traction, it also reduces your fuel efficiency, so lighten the load! Remember to always remove snow and ice from your vehicle, as that adds weight too.
Second, you can remember to be aware of resistance on the road. Even the lightest dusting of snow can create resistance for your vehicle and lower your fuel economy. So, try to wait until the roads have been plowed, or follow in the tracks that have been created by another vehicle.
Lastly, make sure to park your car in the garage in the winter if possible. This will keep your vehicle at a warmer temperature while not in use, and won't take as much energy to warm up. And in regards to letting your vehicle "warm-up" before you drive it, it only takes 30 seconds to warm the engine sufficiently, so don't waste fuel by turning on your car 10 minutes before you leave the house!
So, during the next frigid day or snow storm, don't forget these tips for How To Save Fuel In The Winter and you'll make your take of gas last a little bit longer! If you need a new vehicle to get you through the winter, check out our Ford Explorer Rebates or 2013 Ford Expedition Brochure! Brighton Ford is located at 8240 Grand River Ave. just north of I-96 in Brighton. We are a family owned and operated business that strives on customer satisfaction. For more information on Brighton Ford visit BrightonFord.com or give us a call at (800)-836-8206.
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