How to Improve Your Family’s Winter Gas Mileage Heather Hopson January 24, 2019 Uncategorized Temperatures aren’t the only things dropping in the winter. Your fuel economy can tank as well. According to FuelEconomy.gov, a conventional gasoline car’s gas mileage is about 12 percent lower at 20°F than it would be at 77°F. It can drop as much as 22% for very short trips about three or four miles. If you drive a hybrid vehicle, the effect is even worse! But there are things you can do to ensure your car get the most bang for your buck at the gas pump. 1. Check your tire pressure regularly. Driving with properly inflated tires will give you the best traction and durability. Under-inflated tires can wear unevenly and even damage your car’s tire in addition to reducing your fuel economy. 2. Park in your garage. If you’re able to park your car in a garage, pull in! This not only saves you time from scraping ice off your windshield. It also increases the initial temperature of your engine. You won’t need to warm up your car for long periods of time. Most manufacturers recommend driving after 30 seconds. Older cars had carburetors that needed warmed up but newer cars are electronically controlled with fuel-injected engines. Your vehicle is most efficient when its at a regular operating temperature, so just hop in and start driving. Click here for tips to get the most bang for the buck at the gas pump! Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.