The winter season poses many challenges to drivers, particularly with regards to fuel efficiency. As temperatures drop below freezing, many drivers use their vehicles in a more fuel-inefficient way, how can you combat this?
What Causes Fuel Inefficiency in Winter?
- The engine takes longer to heat up
In winter, the engine requires a bit longer after ignition to heat up and reach the optimal fuel-efficient temperature.
- Reduced tyre pressure
During this time of year, tyre pressure is reduced and this leads to the traction of the tyres. In turn, this leads to increased resistance.
- Aerodynamics – such as the cold air
Another factor that contributes to fuel inefficiency this time of year is aerodynamics such as the cold air causing drag, especially at high speeds.
- Internal car features
We’re all guilty of using the heated seat function (if you have them) at this time of year. I mean, who doesn’t love a warm toasty bum?
3 Tips On How to Boost Your Fuel Economy
1. Avoid Short Journeys
In the winter, it takes longer for your car to warm up compared to the summer months. Therefore, if you are driving shorter distances then you’re not giving your car enough time to warm the engine up.
2. Check the tyre pressure
Making sure your tyre pressure is checked during the winter is essential for good fuel economy. You can use a gauge to check the tyre pressure; this will ensure the pressure is the right tread depth for maximum traction.
3. Minimise Idle Time
One thing that won’t do your vehicle any favours is leaving the engine idle for too long. Most manufacturers recommend idling the engine for a maximum of 30 seconds.
Contact Longbridge Tyres
If you’re interested in getting a new set of summer or winter tyres, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with Longbridge Tyres today. Call us on 0121 457 7582, alternatively, you can fill out our online contact form and we’ll be in touch.