7 Tips to Improve Your Fuel Economy in Michigan Winter Weather; PEV

You know a Michigan winter is in full swing when 35 degrees sounds like a heat wave. While it’s important to take safety precautions for your home and business during the single digits, it’s also a great time to focus on improving your fuel economy.

How Does a Michigan Winter Affect Your Fuel Economy?

You can improve your fuel economy by driving Plug-in Electric Vehicles or hybrids, but even they can be affected by cold weather.

Due to cold weather:

  • It takes longer for your engine to reach its most fuel-efficient temperature
  • Heated seats, window defrosters and heater fans use extra power
  • Air is more dense which decreases pressure in your tires and increases rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag
  • Battery performance weakens which affects the regenerative breaking system on hybrids

Severe Winter Weather Drops Your MPG

If you have to commute in severe winter weather, your miles-per-gallon can drop significantly because:

  • Using four-wheel drive increases fuel use
  • Icy, snow-covered roads make it difficult for your tires to effectively grip, which wastes energy
  • Speeds below 30 to 40 mph on slick roads further reduces fuel economy

Tips to Enjoy Your PEV on Michigan Roads

 7 Tips to Improve Your Fuel Economy

Enhance your fuel economy this season with these tips and tricks:

  1. Don’t use seat warmers or defrosters excessively
  2. Use the oil type recommended by your manufacturer for driving in cold weather
  3. Combine trips to drive less often with a cold engine
  4. If you drive a PEV or hybrid, preheat the cabin while plugged into the charger to increase range
  5. Save energy and increase range for your PEV or hybrid by using the seat warmers instead of the cabin heater
  6. Minimize idling your car to warm it up and reduce pollution. Vehicle manufacturers usually recommend driving off gently after about 30 seconds.
  7. Park your car in a warm spot like a garage to increase temperature of vehicle

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How do you improve your fuel economy during the winter months? Comment below.