It’s summer time, and that means it’s going to end up getting uncomfortably hot outside. Being that it’s Texas and, as we all well know, everything tends to be bigger in Texas, that means higher temperatures and more stickiness than you can…well, shake a stick at. You’re going to have to make a choice. Draw a line in the sand. Pick a side.
It’s an age-old battle that ranks up there with some of the greatest conflicts mankind has ever known: Pepsi versus Coke, King Kong versus Godzilla, Batman versus Superman, Aliens versus Predator (this is limited to the comics, PC and arcade games, and maybe a novel or two because, come on, those movies?), and to be versus not to be.
Lend your voice and be heard in one of the most important philosophical arguments in the history of our species: air conditioner versus rolling the windows down.
There can only be one.
The gentlemen at Mythbusters found that cooling a car by rolling down the windows saved more fuel (and subsequently had their Mythbusting debunked) , and the Department of Energy itself acknowledges the strain AC puts on your car while not discounting the effect that drag has on fuel economy. Like most partisan political efforts, it would seem that both arguments have their defenders and they are by and large sending out mixed messages and confusing signals. So which is it?
The brilliant folks over at HowStuffWorks have posted a logical, in-depth analysis, which finds that there indeed can be two. In fact, they suggest that using both methods is the way that will enable drivers to be the most efficient when it comes to fuel efficiency and coolness.
Crawford Buick GMC wants you to keep cool this summer. Believe us, there’s nothing worse than wearing the clothes you just got back from the dry cleaner and sweating through them before you even get to work. So we suggest tempering your windows down-AC ratio accordingly to fit your situation and maximize your vehicle’s potential while maximizing your comfort.
When you’re on the highway, use the air conditioning to improve aerodynamics and eliminate the drag that would be created by driving with the windows down at speeds in excess of 50 mph.
In slower city traffic, roll the windows down to cool your car. Reduced speed creates less drag and will be less burdensome to your car than running the AC.
Being flexible and being aware of your vehicle, ultimately, will help you save a little bit more at the pump. Do you crank the air when the heat is on?