It’s no secret that Summers high temps take a toll on your vehicle.
The air conditioning requires more power that affects energy and gas consumption. However, getting better gas mileage through the summer season doesn’t mean you have to blow your budget. Here are some tips to save on gas usage and money. Spend the extra savings on something the whole family will enjoy.
CBS News recommends considering fuel economy while using your vehicle’s air conditioning in the heat of the summer. “Under very hot conditions, AC use can reduce a conventional vehicle’s fuel economy by more than 25 percent,” the scientists note. “The AC’s effect on the fuel economy of hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and all-electric vehicles can be even larger on a percentage basis.”
Here are six steps to boost MPG in hot weather:
- Set the air conditioning temperature as high as you can while still staying comfortable. Cooling more than you need uses gas unnecessarily.
- Turn the air conditioner off and roll down the windows in the slower city or suburban-area driving. Go back to the air conditioning at highway speeds.
- When starting, drive with the windows down for a few minutes before turning on the air conditioning. Letting hot air out of the car lowers the burden on the air conditioning.
- Don’t turn on the air conditioning while idling. The system will cool the car faster when you are driving.
- With electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids, however, start the air conditioning while the car is still plugged in. This practice will help cut battery use for air conditioning and extend your range.
- Finally, park in the shade or use a sunshade in the windshield. Your car won’t heat up to the max, reducing the work on your system to cool off.
Sources: CBS News Article, Jerry Edgarton