3 Ways to Maximize Your MPG this Winter

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When it comes to winter, you’re just not driving as many miles between fill-ups compared to the summer. Refiners of both gasoline and diesel fuel must change the composition in order to ensure your fuel doesn’t turn to gel. This results in a change in the fuels, which means less mpg for you and your vehicle. Here are some tips to get a couple extra miles out of your tank.

#1 Maintain a Speed of 55 mph

When you’re traveling at 55 mph, you’re traveling at the optimal speed to maximize your MPG. In fact, the DOE claims that every 5 mph you drive above 60 mph is like paying an additional 24 cents per gallon for gas. This is due to both greater wind resistance and your tires encountering more rolling resistance.

Remember to obey the speed limits. If you’re driving through downtown, where the speed it limited to 30 mph, please do not try to go 55 mph. Also, always drive smart. If visibility is decreased or the roads are especially slick, you may want to slowdown. 

#2 Take Advantage of Cruising

Fuel efficiency doesn’t only depend on speed, but it also depends on the nature of your driving. Try to avoid repetitive speeding up and slowing down. Instead, try to maintain consistent speeds. Obviously, this is not always easy to do.

For instance, if you’re passing through a city with multiple stop lights, odds are you’re going to have to hit the brakes eventually. Try letting of the gas earlier and cruising to a stop. This will also give you a better chance of having the light turn green, meaning you won’t have to come to a complete stop.

#3 Stick to Winter Diesel

If you live in the northern states, do not chance using traditional diesel. Temperatures often hit below zero for days on end, and temperatures only need to be as low as 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit for your diesel to start gelling. Yes, winter diesel won’t deliver the same miles you’re used to; however, it will keep you on the road in the winter.

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