How Does Cold Weather Impact Fuel Economy?

Drivers from Sheffield Village, Elyria, Avon, North Ridgeville and Lorain need only look outside their window to understand that winter is full-swing. So what kind of impact does the thermometer's dwindling mercury levels have on the fuel-efficiency of your car, truck or SUV? According to recent studies by the Department of Energy, when the temperature drops below 20-degrees Fahrenheit, your fuel economy can be reduced by up to 12-percent. It's all related to how gas becomes thicker (and air becomes denser) in colder temperatures. How can you combat this reduction in fuel economy? Remove ALL the snow from your car, remove any unnecessary external accessories to improve aerodynamics and always try to park in the sun (or preferably a garage) when the sun is out and the weather is frigid. Stop by Mike Bass Ford to learn more about how best to combat the winter cold, and to explore our new and pre-owned inventory of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs.

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