If you own a hybrid vehicle, you probably purchased it for its fuel efficiency. While using any electric vehicle, you’re significantly increasing your fuel efficiency, but there are a few tricks to getting the most out of your hybrid battery. Here are our top five tips to get more miles per gallon on your hybrid.
1. Economy mode for efficiency
Most hybrids come with an economy mode that uses the car’s sensors to help a driver automatically save fuel. Check to see if the economy mode or a similar mode is turned on. This feature may limit acceleration and other features of the car’s performance but it will conserve fuel and save you money in the long run.
2. Keep your battery charged
A well-charged battery on a hybrid helps drivers use less gasoline and more electricity. Read the owner’s manual to your hybrid for the maker’s best recommendations for charging the battery.
3. Brake gently
Gradual braking with your car has multiple benefits, including generating power for a hybrid. As the brakes are applied in a hybrid, the electric motor becomes a generator and converts the energy from braking into electricity and stores it in the battery. This way, you’re using more electricity to power your vehicle during your drive than gasoline.
Braking gently also has some safety benefits, since you’ll likely start slowing sooner and giving yourself more space between you and the car ahead of you.
4. Lighten your load
This goes for all vehicles: The lighter your car’s weight, the better fuel economy you’ll get. If you don’t use your passenger seats, some vehicles allow you to take them out, which can make a significant difference in weight. Otherwise, check your backseat and trunk for items that don’t need to be there and take them inside.
5. Limit accessory use
Minimizing the use of internal accessories, such as air conditioning or the radio, can save fuel in any car. But in a hybrid, a driver can save fuel and electricity by minimizing the use of any accessories that are not needed during the drive. The economy mode may also help adjust settings to the air conditioner and other accessories to save on power, but turning them off altogether will save even more energy for driving.
Bonus: Keep your engine running smoothly
As with any car, keeping your hybrid vehicle maintained is important to efficiency. The better it runs, the more efficient it will work. The great thing about hybrids though, is that they don’t need as much maintenance as gas-run vehicles.
ProCare Collision is Hybrid Certified, and our experts are trained to provide specialized service for your hybrid vehicle’s needs. Call us today and let our technicians give your hybrid the check-up it needs.
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