Auto safety experts remind motorists that colder winter weather can be difficult on vehicles, as well as the environment, due to decreasing fuel efficiency when temperatures drop. Tire pressure is more difficult to maintain in colder temperatures, for example, due to increased air loss combined with heat build up in the tires, leading to reduced gas mileage, as well as a number of safety issues, but filling the tires with nitrogen will reduce air loss and decrease the likelihood that a flat tire will leave a vehicle stranded on the side of the road in inclement weather.
Keeping the gas tank full can also improve fuel economy, but contrary to a common misconception, gassing up with higher-octane fuel does not necessarily improve a vehicle’s performance. While some high-performance vehicles really do run better on premium gasoline, the owner’s manuals for most models of automobiles specify to fill the tank with regular grade gasoline, because higher-octane fuel can actually damage many vehicles.
Keeping battery cables clean of corrosion and precipitation can also prevent unexpected vehicle failure, and ensuring that the battery is properly charged before long trips can prevent drivers from becoming stranded in inhospitable climates.
I hope these safety tips are helpful to drivers hoping to increase their fuel efficiency and prevent winter vehicle breakdowns.