Here’s some good news: The availability of eco-conscious and budget-friendly vehicles, like the 2017 C-MAX Energi, now makes taking steps toward helping the planet potentially smart for your wallet.
Still, to get the most out of your vehicle it’s important to stay proactive and be aware of how smart driving habits can have a positive effect on the world around you. Here are some easy-to-implement tips that could help save you money and give you some peace of mind.
Tip #1: Plan ahead.
Before heading out the door, take a moment to list your daily errands. Sounds simple, but creating a basic checklist or action plan can save you precious driving time and, in turn, help reduce your environmental footprint.
Try to lump all tasks into one big trip, avoiding as much back-and-forth as possible. Prioritize stops based on location and expected travel time, and try to avoid high-traffic areas. Once your list is written down, jump into the C-MAX Energi and use SYNC®* with its Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation System to guide you on the most efficient route.
Tip #2: Empty your trunk.
If you find your trunk has turned into a storage unit, it’s time to clear out all that baggage. A lighter car means greater fuel efficiency. Try to keep the spacious cargo area of the C-MAX free for the times you really need it.
Tip #3: Carpool.
The advantages of carpooling are staggering: It saves money (reduced gas costs!), helps the environment (fewer cars on the road!), saves time (carpool lanes!) and deepens friendships (radio sing-a-longs!). Take advantage of the C-MAX and its comfy interior to turn a boring work commute into a twice-a-day environment- and cash-saving party.
Tip #4: Drive smart, safe and smooth.
Stop speeding (which increases fuel consumption) and learn to brake more efficiently. On longer trips, use cruise control to avoid fluctuating speeds and wasting energy. Keep an eye on the the C-MAX and its SmartGauge® with EcoGuide, which can help you get into more energy-efficient driving habits.
Tip #5: Make car maintenance a habit.
Underinflated tires lead to higher fuel consumption, so check your tire pressure consistently. Go in for regular oil changes and tune-ups to help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and avoid costlier issues down the road. The more you practice car maintenance, the longer you can enjoy driving an eco-conscious vehicle like the 2017 C-MAX Energi Hybrid.
Tip #6: Sometimes it’s OK to leave the car at home.
We love driving, but occasionally it’s nice to take a break. Whenever possible, consider walking, biking or taking public transportation to your destination. You’ll be helping the environment, and the change of pace can help you appreciate your driving time even more.
Tip #7: Go hybrid.
Invest in a hybrid vehicle like the 2017 C-MAX Energi Plug-In Hybrid. With the touch of a button, the C-MAX Energi can switch among electric, gas and various gas/ electric combos. The MyFord Mobile** app allows you to find charging stations with your smartphone, making it easy and convenient to plug in.
* Don’t drive while distracted. Use voice-operated systems when possible; don’t use handheld devices while driving. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear. Not all features are compatible with all phones. Message and data rates may apply.
**MyFord Mobile subscription complimentary for five years from the vehicle sale date as recorded by the dealer. Subscription fees apply after five years. MyFord Mobile requires a compatible cellular network. Evolving technology and cellular networks may affect future availability and functionality. Message and data rates may apply.