December 01, 2008

Gas Saving Tips in Winter

With the cold weather upon us once again and there are ways to save gas and money even when the weather turns cold.

  • During cold weather watch for icicles frozen to car frame. Up to 100 lbs. can be quickly accumulated! Unremoved snow and ice cause tremendous wind resistance. Warm water thrown on (or hosed on) will eliminate it fast.
  • Same idea as above, empty the trunk and remove the excess weight from the vehicle. By doing so, you will gain more kilometers per liter. More kilometers per liter means more gas saving.
  • Cold weather will cause the air pressure in tires to drop, so check your tires regularly. Having tires that under inflated or not alligned will force your engine to work hard which consumes more gas.
  • Warming up your engine for longer than 1 minute is wasting gas/money. 45 to 60 seconds is plenty of time.
  • When planning trips, try to stay away from areas with excess traffic, such as busy shopping centres during holiday season, to avoid stop-and-go driving.
Taking care of your vehicle, especially in the winter time, is one of the best things you can do for you, and your family. Togetherness is great, but not when your stranded and freezing. :)

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