Fuel For Thought: Mpg And Your Ford Hybrid
You want to maximize gas mileage especially, when you’re behind the wheel of a Ford hybrid. We’ve got information that can help.
The EPA fuel economy labeled values are designed to reflect typical driving conditions and driver behavior, but several factors can affect fuel economy. Based on your personal driving habits, the weather and where and when you drive, you could get better, the same or worse fuel economy ratings than what are on the sticker. Your hybrid uses a combination of gasoline and battery power. The degree to which battery power is used is very dependent on your driving style and driving conditions, so there is variance.
Brake smoothlyInstead of breaking quickly at a stop, try smooth braking to help recharge the lithium-ion battery via regenerative braking.
Slow downGoing from 55 mph to 65 mph increases fuel consumption by 10 – 15 percent; going from 55 mph to 70 mph increases it by 25 percent.
Anticipate TrafficKeep an eye on traffic conditions ahead to avoid sudden braking and acceleration, which may cause your vehicle to switch to the gasoline engine and lower fuel efficiency.
Make sure your hybrid is properly maintainedReplace your fuel and air filters, make sure your tires are properly inflated and use the recommended grade of motor oil.
Monitor your driving with SmartGauge® with EcoGuideCurrent Ford hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles are equipped with the SmartGauge® with EcoGuide. By providing real-time fuel economy, it helps you monitor how your driving behavior affects efficiency.
Fuel Economy Facts and Tips
• Fluid Top-Off
• Battery Test
• Filter Check
• Belts and Hoses Check