20 Jun Summer Driving: Fuel Efficiency When It’s Hot Outside
The days continue to get warmer and drier, which means that many of us are travelling on weekends to get to parks or mountains, and appreciate the warmer weather. And while gas is less expensive than other summers, it is still worth remembering to drive efficiently, making sure the trip to the lake or river or mountain trail doesn’t cost more than it should. Here are a few simple tips to keep your vehicle working efficiently; it will also help to keep your vehicle healthy and reliable.
It’s important in any season to keep and maintain appropriate tire pressure. When you check tire pressure it’s best to do it in the morning when it’s cooler. Check the tires with a simple pressure gauge, checking at each valve several times for accuracy. To determine the appropriate tire pressure, you’ll find the manufacturer’s recommended guidelines on the sticker located on the inside of the driver’s side door panel.
It’s also important to drive less aggressively. It’s the season when driver’s get bold on dry roads, but it’s important to drive with diligence and care. The harder you push your vehicle the more gas it will need to consume.
Your vehicle’s AC is a primary culprit for inefficiency in the summer months. Some days, especially when it’s really hot and dry, the AC is the only thing to keep cool. But when it’s not overly hot, especially in the morning or late evening when temperatures are manageable, it’s best to instead roll down the windows when you drive at lower speeds. When you drive at high speeds, it’s best to keep the windows shut and turn on the AC, because the wind drag from open windows will reduce fuel efficiency.
Hopefully you stay safe this summer and enjoy the warmer weather. And if you ever find yourself in need of professional tow services, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, your local tow experts at City Towing will be ready to help.