GWANGJU, Jan. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Dusting the snow off one’s car is imperative not only for aesthetic reasons, but to save gas.
After four days of significant snowfall, the auto industry recommends that car owners keep their cars snow-free before hopping in.
One individual working for a car repair firm said, “30 cubic centimeters of snow on a regular passenger vehicle is equivalent to adding the weight of one more passenger. If drivers fail to wipe the snow off as needed, they could be looking at a gas bill 10 percent higher than normal.”
On average, 1 cubic meter of snow weighs around 100kg. This means that 25 cubic centimeters of snow on a medium car such as a Hyundai Sonata or a Kia K5 would be an extra 50kg of unnecessary weight on the vehicle.
Currently in the midst of a cold spell that has brought about early morning temperatures of -15 degrees Celsius in Seoul, avoiding wasting energy has become an issue, with soaring power usage leading to a plea from the Korea Power Exchange for consumers to curtail their energy use.
The excessive snowfall temporarily grounded planes at Jeju International Airport on January 11. A total of 160 flights were either canceled or postponed due to the unfavorable weather conditions.
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