How to Calculate Gas Mileage

odometer displaying higher mileage on used car

To determine your actual gas mileage on roads in Bridgeport and Fairmont, follow these simple steps provided by Dan Cava's Buick GMC. Remember that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates new vehicles based on fuel efficiency, but actual mileage may vary. Take the time to explore our gas mileage calculator with the team at Dan Cava's Buick GMC. You can contact us with any questions!

Good Gas Mileage Explained

There isn’t a fixed standard for what qualifies as “good” gas mileage. When comparing vehicles, factors like vehicle type and fuel efficiency expectations come into play. SUVs generally offer lower gas mileage than compact cars, and gasoline-electric hybrids are typically more fuel-efficient than compact gas-powered cars.

Gas Mileage Calculator

Calculating your gas mileage is straightforward. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Fill your gas tank completely and reset your trip odometer or note the exact mileage after refilling. Additionally, find out your tank’s capacity by referring to your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
  2. Drive your car normally, accounting for your regular driving habits. Keep in mind that changes in driving style can affect your calculated gas mileage.
  3. Refill your tank and record the mileage. Waiting longer between refills provides a more accurate calculation by considering a balanced mix of driving conditions.

To calculate your gas mileage, divide the total miles driven by the number of gallons your vehicle required to refill the tank. The equation is miles driven divided by gallons of gas used.

If you forget to check the exact number of gallons on your gas receipt, you can estimate the amount based on your tank’s capacity (e.g., ¼, ½, or ¾ full). Divide the miles driven by this approximation. However, this method may be less accurate due to potential discrepancies in analog gas gauges.

Get More Gas Mileage Savings Tips From Dan Cava's Buick GMC!

After using our gas mileage calculator equation and exploring different calculation methods, we invite you to discover additional service tips from Dan Cava's Buick GMC. By implementing practices like regular tire rotations and maintaining proper tire inflation, you can further optimize your gas mileage while driving in Morgantown and Grafton.


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