Summertime is upon us. If you're among those living in the hotter, more humid states, you're likely already blasting your air conditioner. Feeling a little guilty about it? Don't. Turns out running your ride's AC can actually help boost your gas mileage a bit.
Running the AC does increase your vehicle's gas consumption - That's a no-brainer. But according to fueleconomy.gov, driving on a hot day with the AC on is far more fuel efficient - and easier on your body's sweat glands - than cruising down the highway with your windows down. That's because at highway speeds, open windows can increase your car's aerodynamic drag, and that makes the engine work harder, sapping your miles-per-gallon rate.
A few other tips for staying cool and saving gas:
We've got another tip for helping you save on gas this summer and all year round. Pick up a set of E3 spark plugs for your car or truck. They're designed to give your ride a stronger, cleaner, more fuel-efficient engine performance. Visit E3 Spark Plugs' online catalog to find just the right plug.