How to Calculate Gas Mileage

odometer displaying higher mileage on used car

The EPA, or Environmental Protection Agency, rates the fuel efficiency of new vehicles and offers an estimated expected gas mileage. However, as disclaimers associated with these ratings often state, these are just estimates and not guaranteed. So, how does your gas mileage compare to the EPA estimates? Learn how to calculate gas mileage for your car and see how it matches up with Western Motors Los Banos.

Good Gas Mileage: What is it?

Even if you use a gas mileage calculator, do you know what constitutes “good” gas mileage? The answer really depends on what kind of vehicle you’re looking at. For instance, what is considered “good” gas mileage for a full-size SUV is going to be much different than what would be considered favorable for a compact hybrid. Before shopping for your next new or used vehicle, consider how much you plan on driving it to Patterson and what you want your gas budget to look like.

How To Be Your Own Gas Mileage Calculator

If you’d like to find out how to calculate gas mileage, you can follow our steps to being your own gas mileage calculator:

  • Starting by topping off your gas tank in Dos Palos; making sure to reset your trip odometer. You’ll also want to check your owner’s manual to see how much your gas tank can hold.
  • Continue to drive your car as normal throughout Gustine and Newman.
  • Refill your tank with premium or regular gas when it gets low. Know that if you wait until your tank is lower, it will allow for a more accurate assessment.
  • One simple way to calculate mileage is to take the number of miles you’ve driven and divide them by the number of gallons of gas it took to refill your vehicle. In short, miles driven divided by gallons of gas equals your gas mileage.
  • Did you forget to check your mileage when you refilled? You can still get a rough estimate by going by where your tank was when you refilled (i.e. ¼ or ½ a tank) and then divide out your total tank capacity accordingly to come to the number of gallons refilled. Lastly, divide by the miles driven by that approximation. While this can give you a rough idea, the figure won’t be exact as many gas gauges aren’t 100 percent accurate. Also, digital gas gauges provide a more accurate estimate than analog versions.

Maximize Your Gas Mileage With Western Motors Los Banos

If you’re looking to get the most out of your gas mileage, you can turn to Western Motors Los Banos for service tips and tricks that will help your vehicle perform at its best. And if you notice your gas mileage dropping, you can reach out to our service center in Los Banos to get a vehicle inspection. Our technicians can help identify the issue and make recommendations to get your mileage back where it needs to be.

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