Today’s tip will help you increase your car’s fuel economy as well as help to keep you save when you start your morning drive.
Don’t use the defrost to get rid of morning dew – use a rag instead.
Obviously, if you park your car in a garage, this isn’t going to be much of a problem.Â However, for those of us who park our cars in the driveway or in a parking spot, morning dew can be kind of annoying.Â Unfortunately, I think many people go about getting rid of it the wrong way.
What many people do is start their car and let it idle, while they crank up the defrost and “burn” the morning dew off their car windows.Â As I’m sure you’ve already guessed, this is bad for two reasons:
- You’re wasting a lot of gas by simply letting your car idle
- By running the defrost, you’ve turned on your car’s air conditioning, which uses even more gas.
Instead of doing the above, all you really have to do is take 30 seconds and wipe down the windows with a rag or an old cloth.Â It’ll do the same job and ultimately use a lot less gas.
Don’t misconstrue this as you shouldn’t ever use your defrost; if you’re driving and you need toÂ quickly use the defrost to clear your windshield, by all means do it.Â However, make sure you wipe down your windows first, that way you only have to use the defrost for a short amount of time.