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How do I increase my fuel efficiency in the winter?

Small ways you can increase your fuel efficiency in the winter 

It’s not a secret that you have to fill up your fuel tank more often in the winter. Boucher Volkswagen Franklin has created a small list of tips and tricks to increase your fuel efficiency, so you do not have to be out in the cold as much and out on the road more. 

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Keep your tire pressure at the suggested level 

The air in your tires decrease in the winter, this then leads to increasing rolling resistance.  Check with your owner’s manual to see what the optimal pressure for your tires should be. Make sure to check more frequently as the temperatures dip. 

Don’t leave your car running  

We’ve built a bad habit of leaving our cars running in the morning for 15 minutes to warm up. This decreases your fuel economy drastically, as it gives you 0 miles to the gallon. Most manufacturers say having the vehicle run 30 seconds before gently driving is enough time to allow the engine to warm. The engine warms up fast when the vehicle is moving. Try not to use your defrosters as much either, they use up a lot of energy as well. 

Reduce drag 

When the air gets colder, it becomes denser. This increases the aerodynamic drag on your vehicle, especially when you’re going highway speeds. Some ways to reduce the aerodynamic drag is removing any accessories that cause wind resistance, for example, a roof rack. Try to keep it at home, unless you are using it for an epic trip on the weekend. 

We recommend the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan and the 2019 Volkswagen Altas for your future snow-covered journeys.


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Schedule a test drive at Boucher Volkswagen today before the snow melts to see for yourself how well the vehicles handle! If you have additional questions, reach out and our friendly staff can answer anything you have.


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