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Tips and Tricks to Help Improve Fuel-Economy Numbers in the Winter

How Can You Improve Fuel Economy in Cold Weather?

Efficient fuel economy is a highlight of many Toyota models available at White River Toyota and an asset for many drivers in the Vermont and New Hampshire area. No strangers to cold weather in the New England area, it is important to know that cold temperatures can have a negative impact on fuel economy. When the temperature dips below 20 degrees, fuel-economy numbers can see a 12% decrease due to increased engine friction, decreased battery performance and more. This information has many car shoppers asking — how can you improve fuel economy in cold weather? Use these tips and trick to improve winter fuel economy in your 2017 Toyota RAV4 this season.

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1. Park in the Garage

When temperatures drop, it takes your engine longer to reach a fuel-efficient temperature. You can mitigate this negative impact by simply parking in the garage. Park in a warmer location this winter (easier said than done at times) and increase the initial engine and cabin temperature, allowing your Toyota to work smarter, not harder to warm up.Close Up of Fuel Gauge on Empty

2. Decrease Idle Time

It is general practice for many drivers to let their vehicle warm up and idle for a few minutes each morning when it is cold out. Avoid letting your vehicle idle for long periods of time and you will increase fuel economy. When your vehicle idles, it is wasting fuel and achieving zero mpg. Manufacturers recommend letting the car warm up for just 30 seconds before you hit the road.

3. Combine Trips in Cold Weather

Driving short distances in cold weather will amplify the negative impact on your fuel economy this winter. Standard driving in cold weather will see a 12% decrease in efficiency — a number that increases to 22% when you drive less than five miles. Plan ahead and combine quick day-to-day errands to maximize fuel economy this season.

4. Check Your Tire Pressure

When temperatures slip below freezing, tire pressure will as well. This results in increased rolling resistance for your tires and results in a decrease in fuel economy. Keep a close eye on your tire pressure this season and make sure it is at the OEM minimum to ensure that you get the most miles per gallon possible.

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Winter is underway here in the Vermont and New Hampshire area. Did you know that cold weather can have a negative impact on your fuel economy? Learn how you can improve fuel economy in cold weather this winter with these quick tips and tricks. Should you need a more capable vehicle this winter, White River Toyota has you covered. Take a minute to explore the White River Toyota inventory and find your next vehicle today!