How to Calculate Gas Mileage

Illuminated Fuel Gauge

Did you know that new vehicles go through a rating process by the Environmental Protectin Agency to get an official calculation of their gas mileage? When you see numbers in a Jeep Wrangler MPG article from Collierville Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, the number come from that EPA gas milage rating. But down the road, you want to know that your vehicle is still getting the fuel economy on Memphis streets that you were told when you bought it. That’s why Collierville Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram suggests that you learn how to calculate gas milage.

What is Good Gas Mileage?

There’s no set standard in Southhaven, MS for a magic number that constitutes good gas mileage. Generally vehicles that get 35 MPG or more on the highway in their EPA MPG ratings are considered fuel efficient. It’s not uncommon to see those numbers on sedans, but for SUVs and trucks you usually have to drive a hybrid or electric vehicle to fall into that above-35 club. Ultimately, what you consider to be good gas mileage for your vehicle in Oxford, MS is what counts, and that’s going to depend on your fuel budget.

Gas Mileage Calculator

You don’t need a special gas mileage calculator to find out how many miles per gallon you’re getting. Why do this? So you can make sure your car is still getting the right fuel economy. If it’s not, make an appointment with our service department. There could be a problem. Here’s how to calculate your gas mileage:

  1. Fill your gas tank to full and either reset your trip odometer or record the exact mileage after refilling. Be sure you also find out how much gas your tank holds by checking your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
  2. Drive your car as you would normally.
  3. Refill your tank and record your mileage. If you wait longer to refill, your calculation will be more accurate as it will be based on a more balanced mix of driving conditions.
  4. Divide the number of miles driven by the number of gallons of gas your vehicle took to refill.
  5. If you forget to check how many gallons you filled up your car at the pump on on your gas receipt, you can 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 come to the number of gallons refilled. Then, divide miles driven by that approximation. This will be less accurate since the gas gauge in some cars isn’t always 100% accurate. With a digital gas gauge that shows you exactly how many gallons of gas are in the tank, this is much easier than an analog gauge, though.

Learn More About Maximizing Your Gas Mileage in Collierville

Now that you know how to calculate your gas mileage, learn more about how to maximize your gas usage and save money with Collierville Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram! Our service tips hub can help you understand how your vehicle operates and how to get the most out of it.


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