How to Calculate Gas Mileage

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Every new vehicle on the market is analyzed by the Environmental Protection Agency, or the EPA. The EPA provides an estimated fuel economy rating for every model, but actual mileage in a real world setting can vary. If you want to see how your own car stacks up, you can learn how to calculate gas mileage on your own in Princeton, NJ.

What is Considered “Good” Gas Mileage?

There’s no clear-cut figure that differentiates “good” gas mileage from “bad” gas mileage, because cars can vary so tremendously. For example, a truck is generally less efficient than a hybrid model. So your criteria for judging SUVsmay be different than sedans. If fuel economy is your priority on the Hamilton, NJ roads, our team can help you find a new car or used model that meets your expectations.

How Do I Estimate My Gas Mileage?

Learning how to calculate your gas mileage is simple, as long as you do a little research ahead of time. Just follow these steps:

  1. Find out how much your gas tank holds by checking your owner’s manual.
  1. Fill your gas tank fully. Then, either reset your trip odometer or record your exact mileage once the tank is full. 
  1. Drive as you normally would around Yardley, PA, so you can get an accurate picture of your gas mileage. Don’t try to brake and accelerate differently, because it could throw off the accuracy of your calculations.
  1. Refill your tank and record your new mileage. The longer you wait to refill, the more accurate your calculations will be because you’ve put your car through a more balanced mix of driving conditions.
  1. Divide the number of miles traveled by the number of gallons of gas your vehicle used. This will give you the gas mileage of your car.

What if you forget to check how many gallons of gas you pumped at the station? If you don’t have your receipt handy, you can also estimate your fuel consumption based on how much was left in your tank at your refill. Were you at a half tank or quarter tank? While this isn’t as accurate, it can still give you a good idea of your efficiency.

Find Out More with Haldeman Lexus of Princeton

Whether you’re interested in improving your gas mileage or ready to get into a new fuel-efficient vehicle, feel free to contact us at Haldeman Lexus of Princeton for more information about improving your fuel economy around Lawrenceville. 

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