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.
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Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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