Fall, like every season, presents new challenges to drivers trying to save money on gas. In the fall, temperatures begin to drop and more inclement weather can rear its ugly head. Rainstorms and wet, leafy roads are very real dangers that threaten fall drivers. But fall temperatures can also be a burden on drivers trying to save money. Gone are the summer days of rolling down your windows and letting the warm air filter into your car. Driving in the lower temperatures of fall means that the only way to keep warm while driving is to use the air-conditioning. It has been shown that use of air-conditioning in cars can have an effect on the gas consumption of the vehicle, causing drivers to have to fill up their gas tanks more frequently, resulting in more money spent. This can be tough for drivers, especially with gas prices being as high as they are currently. This can be even more difficult for drivers who have a longer commute or get stuck in bad traffic and want to keep warm. Moist dewy conditions can also make it difficult for drivers to see, leaving them no choice but to either pull over and wipe off their wind shields or use their defrosters. Luckily we have put together a few ways that drivers can keep the gas consumption to a minimum while driving in the fall.
Use the Air-Conditioning Sparingly
The easiest way to make sure that you don’t guzzle gas while driving in the fall is to use your air-conditioning sparingly. Using it while driving adds an extra burden to your vehicle’s engine, meaning that it will use more gasoline while it is in use, resulting in more money that needs to be spent on gasoline. By using your air-conditioning sparingly you can avoid overburdening your car.
The best way to do this is to turn off the air-conditioning once the car is heated. This may seem like an overly simple answer but most drivers tend to keep the air-conditioning running while they are in the car. Turn it on a higher setting so that the car will warm up faster, and then turn it off once the car is warm. By doing this you will limit your use of your air-conditioning. This is especially effective for shorter commutes where warm air isn’t needed for longer periods of time. By using the air-conditioning sparingly, you can ensure that your car won’t use more gasoline than it needs to.
Park Your Car Indoors Overnight
During the fall, temperatures can fluctuate greatly from nighttime to daytime. This fluctuation from hot during the day to cold at night can often leave your car covered in dew if it was parked outside overnight. This can often leave visibility limited for morning drivers. Dew can be removed from cars easily by using your car’s defrosting feature – if your car has one. This, unfortunately, also adds an extra burden to your car’s engine, resulting in more gasoline use.
The best way to avoid dew collecting on your car is to park your car inside overnight, whenever possible. Dew collects on your car when it radiates it heat, forming dew on the surface. While parked indoors your car won’t radiate its heat as rapidly, meaning that dew won’t collect on the surface.
Dress Warmer While in the Car
Another way that you can cut down on your air-conditioning use while driving in the fall is to dress warmly while in the car. Most drivers rely solely on the air-conditioning to keep them warm while driving in colder temperatures, but by bundling up while in the car drivers can cut down on their reliance on their air-conditioners, thus cutting down on the amount of gas that they will use while driving.
Air-conditioners can place an extra burden on your vehicle’s engine, meaning it will use more gasoline while you are using it while driving. In the fall, as temperatures begin to drop, it can be tempting to use your air-conditioning too much to heat your car. By limiting your air-conditioning use in the fall you can limit the amount of money spent on gas, and save it for the winter when using the air-conditioning becomes unavoidable.