Saving Fuel in the WinterHere 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.

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