Why are my mpgs lower in the winter?

By Product Expert | Posted in Seasonal, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 at 4:38 pm
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How to get better fuel efficiency in the winter

You may be aware that the cold weather does more to your car than just leave frost on the windshield. It can also cause your fuel efficiency numbers to take a big hit. If you pay attention to the mpgs, you may notice a sizeable difference when commuting to and from the same places. Why is this, and what can you do to get better fuel efficiency in the winter? Find out below!

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car tires on a snowy winter roadWhy are my mpgs lower in the winter?

Vehicles run best in warm weather, as this allows for fluids to circulate easier and causes less friction. This means that when the weather is cold, the engine oil is thicker and doesn’t circulate as well, and the friction in the engine and transmission is greater. When you combine this with the more dense air outside, decrease in tire pressure, and decreased battery performance, the end result is a dip in fuel efficiency.

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What can I do to get better mpgs?

While there’s nothing you can do about the cold weather holding your fuel efficiency numbers back, there are a few steps you can take to get better fuel efficiency. For starters, park I na garage or warmer area whenever possible, as this will reduce the time it takes your vehicle to heat up. Combine trips so that you’re making less short trips. Shorter trips are the worst in the winter, because your vehicle never has time to reach its best performance temperature. Other things you can do include spending less time idling, using seat warmers and defrosters as little as possible, and regularly checking tire pressure.

The winter weather may be harsh, but you don’t have to let it have a negative impact on your fuel economy. Learn more tips and tricks by contacting us here at Royal South Mazda in Bloomington!

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