You want to save money, and maybe you do a few things around the house to try to make it more energy-efficient. The home heating oil bill, natural gas bill, or even the electric bill could have completely stunned you last year. You look all around and see ways you can improve the energy efficiency of your home, but why stop there?
Driving around, your BMW can be a thrill, especially during the spring and summer months. During the winter, it might be more functional. Sure, it’s keeping you warm and is incredibly comfortable, but how much are you spending unnecessarily on fuel?
There are plenty of ways you can improve fuel efficiency for your BMW. You might not be getting quite what the manufacturer suggests is possible when it comes to fuel efficiency. It could be your driving habits or other things in play.
Here are a few tips that can help you save money on fuel this winter in your BMW.
Fuel Efficiency Tip #1: Slow down.
It’s not just about safety, but when you slow down you actually burn less fuel, up to a certain point. If you’re traveling 130 or even 150 km/h on the highway, and peak fuel efficiency for your particular BMW is at 110 km/h, for example, you’re burning more fuel per kilometer than you have to.
To slow down a bit. It’s also a good idea to ease up on the accelerator when starting from zero.
Fuel Efficiency Tip #2: Use the right octane.
If you have a tendency to put 93 octane in your particular BMW, but it only calls for 87, you’re not maximizing efficiency. You could actually be causing harm to the fuel injectors and other sensitive components. Whatever octane rating your BMW calls for, stick to that.
Fuel Efficiency Tip #3: Change the coolant/antifreeze.
When you flush out your radiator and replace the coolant with antifreeze before winter, it will help your engine run at optimal efficiency.
Fuel Efficiency Tip #4: Let it warm up.
You might have a tendency to start your BMW, let it idle for 30 seconds, and then put it in gear and get going, but it’s a good idea to allow it to warm up for a couple of minutes.
Before it’s fully warmed up, it’s going to eat a lot more fuel because moving cold components takes a lot more power.