Winter Driving Tips to Stay Warm and Save Fuel

Nov. 2, 2017

A photo of a plug-in electric vehicle charging in the snow.

Early season snowfalls mean it’s time to brush off our cars and brush up on tips to save fuel in winter.

In cold weather your mileage takes a hit. A conventional car gets about 12% lower gas mileage at 20°F than it does in warmer months and hybrid vehicles fuel economy can dip 31%–34%. However, fleets across the country are finding success using alternative fuels year-round including biodiesel blends designed for the cold, plug-in electric vehicles in South Dakota snow, ethanol in the icy winters of Minnesota, natural gas in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, and propane as far north as Washington.

Since frigid temperatures take a toll on any vehicle—no matter the fuel—follow these simple tips to save fuel and stay warm this winter.

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