How to Improve Fuel Economy in Winter

Tips for Improving Gas Mileage During Winter

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and tricks on Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 at 2:01 PM
View of a winter road from a vehicle interior

How to Improve Fuel Economy in Winter

Winter is harsh on vehicles for a variety of reasons, but one of the most notable is the reduced fuel efficiency many drivers experience. With the cold season fast approaching, it’s important for drivers to know how to improve their vehicle’s fuel economy in winter. Below, we’ve put together all the fuel economy information drivers should know when it comes to improving gas mileage during winter.


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There are many ways for drivers to improve their fuel economy when conditions get colder and the roads get icy. Parking the vehicle in a garage or other structure will help keep the initial temperature high and take less time to heat up.

Similarly, owners of modern vehicles should avoid keeping their vehicle idle for more than 30 seconds to heat it up. After that amount of time, it’s much faster and efficient to warm the vehicle up by driving it than keeping it idle.

Other Tips for Improving Winter Fuel Economy Drivers Should Know

  • Check if your vehicle’s manufacturer lists a certain type of oil for cold weather driving
  • Make sure your vehicle’s tires are all at their recommended pressure levels
  • Stop using defrosters and seat warming systems when they are no longer needed
  • When going out to run errands, combine as many trips as possible
  • Remove as much snow and ice from your vehicle as possible to reduce wind drag
Bird's eye view of a winter road

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