Hot weather can drain battery life, increase tire wear, and cause your engine to overheat. All of these things will decrease fuel economy. A heatwave will negatively impact your car, even if properly maintained. Before hitting the road for your spring hiking or summer road trip, here’s how to be more fuel-efficient in warmer temperatures.
Keep Your Battery Clean
The heat can cause your battery to corrode quicker than in cooler temperatures. Corroded battery terminals cause the alternator to work harder, consuming more fuel. Your battery should be cleaned at least twice a year.
Change Your Oil and Oil Filter On Time
Allowing engine oil to be used after its outlined lifespan can cause gunk to build up within your engine. The purpose of oil is to keep your engine and other parts lubricated and working smoothly. Gunky oil buildup will require your engine to work harder, which also requires more fuel. Changing the oil filter and your dirty oil is another way to further increase engine efficiency.
Use Air Conditioning Wisely
We get it, Atlanta gets HOT in the summer. However, if you’re looking to get the most out of every gallon of gas, consider how often you use your AC system. Air conditioning systems consume a lot of energy, degrading fuel economy. There are many ways to combat a hot car, like parking in the shade or rolling down your windows. Your AC system won’t need to work as hard when the cabin is cooler to start.
Use Cruise Control
Following the speed limit without sudden acceleration increases fuel economy, no matter the temperature.
Remove Any Extra Weight
It is estimated that every additional 100 pounds of weight results in a corresponding 1 mpg loss in fuel economy. Keep that in mind when leaving sports equipment and hiking gear in your trunk.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Hot weather can increase tire pressure. While this may not directly impact fuel economy, it does put added stress on your tires and can increase the rate they wear down. Make sure that your tire pressure levels are set according to your manufacturer’s recommendations to improve your tires’ lifespan. However, if your tire pressure is below the recommended limit, that will decrease fuel efficiency.
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Spring and summer are the perfect time to hit the road for a quick getaway. But with high temperatures and even higher gas prices, it’s essential that you get the most mileage out of every tank of gas. Follow these tips for how to be more fuel-efficient in warmer temperatures.