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Why does my fuel efficiency decrease in winter?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and tricks on Friday, November 8th, 2019 at 5:47 pm
Tire on snowy road

Tips for Gas Mileage in Cold Weather 

Winter is here and it’s draining everybody’s fuel tanks. With colder weather means a lower fuel efficiency. Driving in cold weather can decrease a vehicle’s gas mileage to about 12%. Hybrid models see an even deeper decrease of about a third. Let’s take a look at what some tips for gas mileage in cold weather can do for you. 

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Car covered in snow


Your fuel efficiency goes down in winter because of the cold air making your engine work harder than it normally does. With snow and ice on the road, your tires work harder to keep traction, making your engine use more energy. When you use heated seats or defrosters, you can use more energy as well. 

How to Improve 

There are only a few ways you can maintain your fuel efficiency the best you can during the winter. Parking your car in the garage will help keep it warm and use less energy. Make sure your tires are at the appropriate pressure level for optimal performance, and don’t go on short trips since that uses more energy from your vehicle. Use heated seats and defrosters only when necessary to keep your gas mileage and efficient as possible. 

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These tips for gas mileage in cold weather can help you save money at the pump. Make sure that your vehicle is doing the best it can this winter. If you are looking for a new vehicle with a high gas mileage this winter, we have just what you’re looking for. You can look through our online inventory to see what we have available and schedule a test drive with us at Kovatch Ford on our website. We hope to see you soon in our showroom. Drive safe!

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