Did you know cold weather and winter driving conditions (20°F) can reduce a car’s gas mileage by 12% compared to ordinary driving conditions at 77°F? Fuel economy can decrease by 22% during short trips spanning 3 to 4 miles. It’s crazy to think about, isn’t it?
Several factors affect winter gas mileage, including increased aerodynamic drag due to denser, colder air, decreased tire pressure, and use of heated seats and window defrosters. And if you’re saying to yourself, “I don’t have to worry about fuel economy, I drive a hybrid!” You’ll be surprised to find out you’re wrong, gas mileage can drop up to an astonishing 34% for these vehicles.
Luckily there are several things we can do to improve winter fuel economy:
Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicles:
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