The price of gas
According to CNN Money, Wyoming and Nebraska gas prices are about middle of the road. At this moment in time, writing this, the price of regular gas in Nebraska is about $1.66/gallon and $1.73/gallon in Wyoming. Whilst some states are over the $2/gallon mark, in the U.K. gas prices can be as high as $5.78/gallon as they pay by the liter, not the gallon. With that in mind, nobody likes to waste money, so here’s how to calculate what miles per gallon (mpg) your vehicle is getting. We will have a follow-up article on how to increase your mpg.
How do you know what fuel economy you are getting?
To make your gas mileage better, you need to know what you are getting in the first place. Most modern vehicles nowadays will have a digital readout (probably on your dash) of you what mpg (miles per gallon) you are getting. Ie. How many miles you can drive using one gallon of fuel. This number will vary from about 6mpg to 60mpg depending on the vehicle you drive. The number that is displayed on your dash may not be exactly correct. Just like a trip computer, these can also be reset giving false numbers or erratic driving may also skew the results. Some vehicles may also have an instantaneous mpg readout, which is helpful in bettering driving habits to increase mpg, it’ll tell you’re getting about 70 mpg when you coast. So how do you know what you are really getting?
How do you get a real mpg number?
Do it the old school mathematical way. Calculators are allowed this time and the only person marking your answer will be you!
- Fill your fuel tank (to the pump cutoff level)
- Reset the trip computer
- Drive until fuel is required
- Fill back up to the pump cutoff level again
- Make a note of the number of gallons used to re-fill and the miles on the trip counter
- Reset trip
- Repeat this four or five times to give you a good average
Formula: Miles driven ÷ gallons used to refill the tank. Take the miles traveled (from the trip computer), divide that by the number of gallons used to refill the tank. For example, the trip shows 200 miles since you last filled up, and it took 15 gallons to refill the tank. 200÷15=13.34 which would mean you are getting 13mpg.
Lauren has been working in the automotive industry both in the U.K and in the U.S. for over 10 years. A car geek, photographer, big game chaser and bagpipe player, powered by coffee. Send your questions to: