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How to Improve Fuel Economy in Cold Weather

Cold weather can damage your car in many ways. It can also harm fuel economy, thus taking money right out of your pocket.

If you want to improve fuel economy this winter, the following bits of advice will come in handy:

· Park your car in a warm place. For some, this is possible. For others, it is not. Long story short: if you have a garage, use it.

· Combine trips. By doing this, you will drive less often when your engine is cold. Subsequently, your fuel economy will increase.

· Don’t idle your vehicle to warm it up. There is nothing wrong with doing this for 30 to 60 seconds, but anything beyond this is going to take a toll on your gas mileage.

· Check your tire pressure. Low or high pressure can reduce fuel economy. Furthermore, it can make it unsafe to drive in inclement weather, such as snow or ice.

· Don’t use defrosters and seat warmers more than you have to. Many people don’t realize that using these features has an impact on fuel economy.

These are the types of things you can do to improve fuel economy in cold weather. Even if you only implement one of these tips, you may be surprised at how much gas it saves you. Full blown winter weather is on its way. Are you and your vehicle prepared?