Hybrid and electric cars have become popular vehicle choices for many people over the past decade. Switching to a hybrid comes with several incredible benefits, including the reduced impact they leave on the environment.
They are also more likely to cost less to operate when considering long-term ownership. They might be more expensive to purchase upfront but will save you money with fewer maintenance trips and less fuel use. However, hybrid vehicles are in a league of their own when it comes to maintaining them properly for the optimal fuel efficiency. Their design is much different than a gas-powered car and requires different attention than the average car.
Here are a few of our tips for maintaining your hybrid for better fuel efficiency:
Check Your Tire Pressure
Keeping an eye on tire pressure is essential for anything that has tires, but it is especially crucial if you want your hybrid to produce the best fuel efficiency. Even if you're driving the latest and greatest hybrid on the market, having under-inflated or over-inflated tires can drastically reduce your gas mileage.
Ensuring that you have the right tires on your hybrid and maintaining their proper tire pressure will ensure that you get the best fuel efficiency possible.
Take Care of the Battery
The piece that most sets a hybrid apart from a gas-powered car is the battery. The battery of a hybrid is designed to last through the entire life of the vehicle, with proper care.
This means avoiding draining your car’s battery entirely and making sure it has a strong charge as much as possible. If it is cold outside, be sure to give your battery additional time to warm up, so it doesn’t have to do extra work to fight the cold.
Perform Routine Engine Checks
Regularly checking your car’s engine and oil level is an essential part of owning a hybrid. Just because a hybrid wears down slower than a gas-powered vehicle, does not mean it does not wear down. Keep an eye on the different parts of the engine and routinely bring your car in for engine checks.
To learn more about hybrid maintenance or to schedule a checkup, contact Naylor’s Auto Repair today!