Impact of Fuel Efficiency in Winter

Tags: Efficiency 

Have you noticed you get lower fuel mileage in the winter?

Well, this is because air is 11% heavier than warm summer air.

These effects are actually worse on hybrids! Hybrids fuel economy can lower to around 31% in winter weather!

During winter, it takes longer for a vehicles engine to warm up to optimum fuel efficiency.  On top of that, battery performance decreases making it more difficult for your alternator to keep it charged.

Here are some tips to get the best mileage out of your fleet;

  • If possible, don’t park your vehicles outside overnight – the warmth and protection of a garage can help keep the vehicle at a warmer temperature while not being used
  • Don’t use seat-warmers or defrosters for longer than necessary
  • Check tyre pressure frequently – tyre pressure can decrease in cooler weather
  • Ensure you use the winter oil specified for your vehicle

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