Travel & Safety Tips

Driving Fuel Efficiencies Throughout All Seasons

Baking hot, bitterly cold or pouring rain? Whatever the weather may be, you will feel some of its impact on your vehicle. Read on to find out how different types of weather can affect fuel economy.

It’s getting hot in here

Summer weather is relatively kind to your vehicle. Fuel economy increases because the vehicle faces less resistance in warm air than it does in cold air. With that said, summertime’s not always smooth sailing.

  • During summer months, the higher ambient temperature speeds up the degradation of engine oil and shortens its lifespan. But compared to the soaring temperatures in your engine, the difference isn’t all that significant when you use a good engine oil.
What this means is, you don’t need to change your engine oil just for summer. Instead, ensure your vehicle has the right type of oil all year round, to minimize any serious wear and tear.

Here comes the rain

The heavy rains of monsoon season, and the intense dust storms that frequently follow close behind, can take a toll on your vehicle and impact fuel economy.

  • The monsoon season is also well-known for kicking up more abrasive particles into the air. These particles clog up your air filter, restricting air flow to your engine. As a result, your engine needs to work harder than usual to produce the same amount of energy, causing poor fuel economy.
  • Tires also need to displace the water to grip the road, which in turn requires more energy and fuel.
Despite technological advances, today’s engines and electrical systems still remain vulnerable to water seepage. So it’s important to ensure you regularly inspect your vehicle and follow your maintenance schedule.

Winter is coming

Colder temperatures impact your vehicle’s fuel economy in more ways than you might expect.

  • When the temperature drops, air contracts, causing a drop in your tire pressure. Driving on underinflated tires results in more friction, negatively impacting fuel economy.
In the cold, it takes more energy (and hence, fuel) for your engine to reach its optimum operating temperature. To help things along, try parking your car in a warmer place to raise the initial temperature of your engine and cabin or check your vehicle manual for the recommended tire pressure for a safe drive.

Oils for all seasons

As a vehicle owner, you’ll need to choose the right oil according to your driving style and the needs of your engine, rather than the weather. If you combine the number of trips you make throughout the day, your engine will spend less time working so hard to heat up. The true measurement of an engine oil’s performance is how well it protects your engine from the demands of your own everyday use.

Rain or shine, Mobil 1TM 5W-30 Newer Vehicle Formula engine oil provides outstanding performance and is proven to protect your engine at temperatures as low as -40°C, and as high as 93°C, keeping you safe on the road.