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In the context of rising fuel prices, many car owners have begun to look for ways to save money at the pump. One of them is to refuse some options that consume energy. In an interview with the portal, the owner of a service station told whether it is possible to reduce fuel consumption if you do not use the air conditioner and drive with the windows open.

The air conditioning system in a car works by drawing energy directly from the engine. This energy demand increases when the system is running at full power, which in turn increases fuel consumption. Typically, running the air conditioner can increase fuel consumption by up to 10% in older cars, while newer models can see an increase of about 7%.

Contrary to popular belief, driving with the windows down does not necessarily save fuel. The aerodynamic drag caused by open windows disrupts the smooth flow of air around the car, creating resistance that the engine has to work harder to overcome. This increased resistance results in higher gas mileage.

So, air conditioning: increases fuel consumption by about 10% (older cars) – 7% (newer cars). In turn, open windows: at speeds above 85 km / h (about 53 mph), fuel consumption can increase by 20%, which is twice as much as with the air conditioning on. At lower speeds, the effect is less severe, but still noticeable.

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