Want To Improve Your Gas Consumption In Winter?. We have all seen the price of gas go up and down and play with our emotions and our wallets as those little digits flip back and forth on the petro signs while we commute to work. It is especially noticeable this time of year as winter driving sucks up a lot more of that black gold than the warmer summer months. There are ways you can fight back and improve your fuel consumption though. Why does my car use more gas in the winter? Before we jump into how you can fix the issue (or at least improve it) it is important to understand why your car is less economical in the winter months. So there are several factors not working in your favour including: Your internal components may not be well lubricated and this causes gas-sucking internal friction. Your snow tires are heavier and designed to keep you from slipping but not to keep your car aerodynamic You likely are using a remote start system and idling is not good for gas consumption Your engine is cooler so is not performing optimally Your car has extra weight from snow and slush as well as the snow that hardens on your car changes the aerodynamics of your ride. So there are several things you can do to help improve fuel economy Change your fluids and use winter oil Remove any snow, debris, and accessories such as roof racks (if possible) Ensure your fluid, hoses, rad, water pump and thermostat are in tip-top shape Have MVS check how healthy your engine coolant is Properly inflate your tires for better performance Check your air filter which likely sucked up a lot of pollen, dirt etc. over the warmer months Check the ignition process because in the winter, your engine uses a richer fuel mixture that is harder to burn. Your engine’s proper operation depends on a tiny spark to ignite so this must be in tip top shape for best performance. It’s always a good idea to have your car inspected for seasonal maintenance to ensure that you are going to preserve the life of your car and also maximize your fuel consumption as the seasons change.