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Winters Spell Danger To Your Fuel Economy

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Winters Spell Danger To Your Fuel Economy Chilling cold of winter not only puts strain on man but also on machines; specifically the cars which suffer a decrease in fuel economy. One should take some issues into account regarding driving in winter.

Cold weather has some drastic impacts on your cars like the taking long times to get started thus guzzling precious fuel. The oil thickens resulting an increase in energy required (and consequently rise in fuel) to get viscous. Thus it takes more time to warm up. Other parts of the car such as bearings, joints, axle, power brakes etc. which require certain fluids to operate also suffer the same phenomena of requiring more energy to get heated up , thus again using up more fuel. Some parts will stiffen up or even get frozen. Moreover some parts which have soaked water up due to pre cipitation or other reasons like roadside water will take more energy to get functional. Wheel bearings, suspensions are examples of such parts.

As the engine has to overcome such temperature decrease and keep itself lubricated, thus will take longer time to start and get going. Approximately 30 seconds will be the extra idling time which will affect the mileage. But there are some practices which can improve fuel economy such as making the ambience of car heated like using a heated garage.

Keeping the car outside will be disastrous so do provide it a shelter. Use oil which has been suggested by experts for your car and also are able to perform well in cold conditions. When the drop in temperature is drastic then an engine block heater will be a useful tool to keep the engine warmed up and also resulting in smoother and faster drives. As a last concern one should avoid using stop and start strategy plans, try to plan for longer drives so as to keep the engine working and hence warmer for a long time.

Even though the effects of cold weather can be delimited by using these strategies but still they won't be able to provide 100% fuel security but they will surely help in surviving the wrath of Mother Nature for a longer car life.

by FW Editor

Tags: auto, winter, fuel, economy

Category: Automotive  - ( Automotive Archive)

Date Added: 19 January '10

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