How to Calculate Gas Mileage in Traverse City

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The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) rates the fuel efficiency of each new vehicle that comes on the market. This allows Lake City drivers to find a vehicle that will help them navigate their commute without spending too much on fuel every year. Many different factors go into these ratings, but as the disclaimer notes, the mileage will vary depending on driving conditions and how you drive your vehicle through Kalkaska. If you want to find out how much fuel your vehicle is using when you drive, you can learn how to calculate your gas mileage with Serra Traverse City below, then read our other service tips for more information on DIY car care.

What’s Considered Good Gas Mileage?

There’s no set standard for what constitutes “good” gas mileage on a vehicle. If you’re looking for the highest gas mileage possible, a hybrid vehicle or a sedan will offer you the best MPG ratings. Otherwise, the larger the vehicle is the lower gas mileage it will have. SUVs and minivans will have middling fuel efficiency, while full-size SUVs and trucks will have the lowest.

When you look for a new vehicle, it’s important to keep in mind what you expect to pay for fuel each month. With that information, you can find a new or used vehicle that has the fuel economy ratings you need.

Gas Mileage Calculator

Learning how to calculate your gas mileage is easy, and it will help you find out exactly how much fuel your vehicle is using. See the steps to calculating your gas mileage below:

  • Fill your gas tank until it’s full and either reset your trip odometer to “0” or record the exact mileage on your odometer after you refill the tank. Make sure you also know the size of your gas tank.
  • Drive your car around Bellaire. Make sure to drive as you typically would on a daily basis – changing your driving habits suddenly will not give you an accurate calculation.
  • When it’s time to refill your tank again, record the gas mileage. The longer you wait to refill your tank the more accurate your calculation will be, but you never want to put yourself in a position where you’ll run out of fuel while you’re driving.
  • With a calculator on hand – simply divide the number of miles traveled by the number of gallons of gas your vehicle took to refill. In sum, that’s miles driven divided by gallons of gas used.
  • If you forget to check how many gallons you filled up your car at the pump 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 Car Care Tips at Serra Traverse City

Now that you know how to calculate your gas mileage, browse our other service tips for DIY car care like how to clean leather car seats. Make sure you’re also following your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule to ensure it’s running efficiently and not wasting fuel. Schedule an appointment with our service team online today to keep your vehicle running for mile after mile on Traverse City roads! Looking for more automotive efficiency info? Compare hybrid vs. electric cars with our team today!

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