How to Calculate Gas Mileage

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When you were shopping for a new vehicle, you might have been looking at the mpg ratings closely, especially if you are trying to cut back on gas money in Monroe. However, as disclaimers mention, these ratings may vary from actual mileage even if they are estimated by the EPA or the Environmental Protection Agency. So have you been as fuel-efficient as you thought you would be when you bought your car? Find out by learning how to calculate gas mileage with the service team at Middletown Honda below!

What is Good Gas Mileage?

Before we dive into how a gas mileage calculator works, you might be wondering “what is good gas mileage?” There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer here since that will depend on what kind of car you are driving in Warwick. For instance, your SUV might have relatively good gas mileage compared to other SUVs, but when it is compared to a smaller car like a sedan, it will not seem so good. Similarly, you can expect a front-wheel-drive model to have better fuel efficiency than an all-wheel-drive model just like how hybrids save more gas than traditional gas-powered vehicles.

How to Calculate My Gas Mileage

But what is your gas mileage on your Goshen commutes? Find out by:

  1. First, fill your gas tank all the way up and then, either reset your trip odometer or record the exact mileage after refilling. You should find out how much gas your tank can hold by consulting with your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
  2. Continue driving your car as you normally would. If you start to change your driving habits, your calculated gas mileage will be different than what you record.
  3. Refill your tank when needed and record your mileage. If you wait longer to refill, your calculation will be more accurate as it will take into account your overall driving conditions.
  4. Once you have recorded the numbers, you will divide the number of miles traveled by the number of gallons of gas your car took to refill. Then, you will get the miles driven per gallon of gas, which is the gas mileage.

Forgot to check how many gallons you filled up your car at the pump on your gas receipt? Go by where your tank was when you refilled (i.e. ¼, ½, or ¾) and then divide out your total tank capacity accordingly to get the number of gallons refilled. Then, divide miles driven by that approximation. This will be less accurate since the gas gauge in some vehicles isn’t always 100% accurate. A digital gas gauge can show you exactly how many gallons of gas are in the tank if you have access to one.

Find Out How Else to Save Gas From Middletown Honda

Now that you have your actual fuel economy, feel free to contact Middletown Honda for more tips on how to save gas, or to see if Honda cars can last 200,000 miles. We are always happy to help drivers in Middletown to drive more and stop less by gas stations!

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