Driving a Hybrid Car: Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid
By Adrian Castillo
There are mistakes you could be making that are preventing you from getting the most out of your hybrid vehicle. Let Bumblebee Batteries walk you through these mistakes so that you know how to avoid them.
The Mistakes to Avoid While Driving a Hybrid Car
As a hybrid owner, you never want to make the mistake of:
- Forcing the car to drive on battery power alone – If you press the “EV mode” button in your hybrid, you’re forcing the vehicle to use energy that comes from burning gasoline in the internal combustion engine, which is an inefficient use of your vehicle’s gas.
- Going pedal to the metal – If you like to drive at high speeds, you’re going to burn through energy and gas much quicker.
- Constantly driving on highways – If you have alternate routes that don’t force you to drive at high speeds like the highway does, consider taking those.
- Not giving the vehicle time to warm up – When it’s cold outside, you must give your hybrid enough time to warm up before beginning your trip.
- Neglecting to consider the climate you live in – It’s important to properly store and maintain your hybrid.
- Using the wrong regenerative braking setting – It’s best to use a high level of regenerative braking during stop/start traffic and a lower level when driving at higher speeds.
- Braking abruptly – The harder you brake, the less energy is regenerated, costing you efficiency.
- Using air conditioning and heated seats when unnecessary – You can unknowingly drain your hybrid’s battery life if you’re not aware of the heating and cooling settings you’re using on a regular basis.
- Missing out on federal incentives – You may know all about the main benefits of driving a hybrid, but make sure you don’t miss out on any tax credits you may be eligible for as a result of driving a hybrid.
- Falling behind on maintenance – Like with any car, it’s important to stay on top of your hybrid’s maintenance schedule.