Economical Driving tips for the C-max Energi

Ford has released a list of tips and tricks for maximizing the fuel economy in your new C-max Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

Here are the tips, in no particular order. Actually, it sounds like Ford is encouraging drivers to become hyper-milers!

• Accelerate and slow down in a smooth, moderate fashion.
• Drive at steady speeds.
• Anticipate stops; slowing down may eliminate the need to stop.
• Combine errands and minimize stop-and-go driving. (When running
errands, go to the furthest destination first and then work your way
back home.)
• Close the windows for high-speed driving.
• Drive at reasonable speeds. (Traveling at 65 miles per
hour/105 kilometers per hour uses about 15 percent less fuel than
traveling at 75 miles per hour/121 kilometers per hour).
• Keep the tires properly inflated and use only the recommended size.
• Use the recommended engine oil.
• Perform all regularly scheduled maintenance.

And here are a few tips of things to avoid that can drastically decrease your engine

• Avoid sudden or hard accelerations.
• Avoid revving the engine before turning off the car.
• Avoid long idle periods.
• Do not warm up your vehicle on cold mornings.
• Reduce the use of air conditioning and heat

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