Who Else Wants to Save Money on Gas This Winter?

Snow, slush, and the cold temperatures can have a massive effect on your fuel economy.

According to FuelEconomy.gov, your gas mileage is about 12% lower when the temperature is around 20 degrees than when it’s around 80 degrees.

If you drive a hybrid, you’ll take an even bigger hit in the winter, reduced by about one-third.

So, what can you do when Old Man Winter invades?

Try these tips.

Park in a warm spot
If you have the option, a heated garage is an optimum environment for your vehicle in the winter.

There are a couple reasons why this is the case:
  • If you know your car is already warm, you won’t use a remote start that is a big gas waster.
  • Your engine and the oil will be much closer to their operating temperature, causing less stress in order to warm-up.
Don’t let your car idle
This is a common misconception.

The truth is, the car will warm up better as it’s being driven.

It’s recommended that you wait about 30 seconds and then slowly begin driving.

In terms of fuel consumption, you’re basically wasting gas!

Check the oil
Some car manufacturers recommend a different type of oil for driving in the winter.

There isn’t a hard and fast rule for every vehicle, so be sure to refer to your owner’s manual.

Monitor tire pressure
Cold weather reduces tire pressure, so it’s even more important to check regularly.

If it’s too low, your tread will be negatively affected and you won’t get enough traction.

You can actually increase your gas mileage by an estimated three percent when your tires are inflated to the manufacturer’s suggested pressure.

Save gas, save money
If you’re like most people, saving money is high on your list of priorities.

Following these tips will help you to save big at the pump this winter.

We’d love for you to come see us at Park Acura and give one of our fuel-efficient models – like the 2017 Acura ILX – a try!

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