Maximizing your hybrid's gas mileage

Your Ford hybrid is already designed to be fuel efficient*- but did you know that you could get even more out of your hybrid by changing a few driving habits and incorporating some useful tips?

The EPA fuel economy-labeled values on your window sticker are designed to reflect typical driving conditions and driver behavior. However, your personal driving habits, like where and when you drive, can also help determine your fuel economy results.

Your hybrid uses a combination of gasoline and battery power. The degree to which battery power is used could vary, depending on your driving style and road conditions.

Here are some smart tips to help you optimize your fuel efficiency:

FUEL-EFFICIENT DRIVING & MAINTENANCE TIPS

BRAKE SMOOTHLY

Instead of breaking quickly at a stop, try smooth braking to help recharge the lithium-ion battery via regenerative braking.

SLOW DOWN

Going 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 TRAFFIC

Keep 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 MAINTAINED

Replace 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 ECOGUIDE

Current 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.

*EPA-estimated 44city/41hwy/42 combined mpg. Fusion Hybrid. Actual mileage will vary. EPA-estimated 42city/37hwy/40 combined mpg; C-MAX Hybrid. Actual mileage will vary.