You’ve probably already noticed that you get better fuel economy in summer than in the winter, which is due to a lot of factors including tire pressure and the energy used to heat up a cold engine. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways we can work on improving fuel economy during the summer too. Follow these tips and save gas on your road trip or just your daily commute.
Make sure your tire pressure is correct. You’re more at risk for fuel-sucking low tire pressure during the winter, when the cold shrinks the air in your tires, but high heat can affect tire pressure too. Checking this once or twice a month and adding or letting air out when necessary has a big impact not just on your fuel economy but on your tire health as well.
If you’re going on a trip, or just if you keep heavy things in your car all the time, take out non essentials to lighten your load. The more your car is weighed down, the more fuel you’ll use.
When you’re on the road, the best thing you can do is just take it easy. Slow down a little so your engine can optimize the fuel, and coast to a stop instead of braking suddenly, which takes tons of energy. You should also think about using the AC less and rolling down the windows, but of course this isn’t always an option in very high heat. Try not to blast it, at least.
If you have more questions about fuel economy, stop by and talk to the experts at Dick Dyer Volvo in Columbia, SC!