Here is a summary of tips that I came across in the Detroit Free Press Article, Fuel-saving tips for winter driving by Mark Phelan, January 24, 2015.
There are some really good tips here:
Don’t sit idling to warm the engine up; that gets you 0 m.p.g. Most manufacturers recommend driving off after about 30 seconds. The engine will heat up more quickly being driven.
- Check the tires’ air pressure regularly.
- When possible, park somewhere warm, like a garage.
- Combine trips so the engine and transmission stay at operating temperature.
- Don’t use seat heaters or defrosters more than necessary.
- If you have a plug-in hybrid, preheat while you’re plugged in. Use the seat and steering-wheel heaters rather than the cabin heater to stay warm while driving
- If your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends a different oil grade for cold temperatures, switch to it at the beginning of the season.
Some good tips to think about and apply where possible to save gas this winter.