Determining Your Miles Per Gallon

by : Tom Tessin

In today's rough economy and high gas prices, some people often wonder how they can save in many areas especially when it comes to gas prices. A lot of people often don't' realize how important it is to drive a certain way to save on gas. Driving habits alone can save you a ton of money each year. Today, I'm going to show you how you can determine your miles per gallon or MPG and how you can analyze your driving habits.

Step #1 - Analyze your driving habits

If you tend to drive the same route each day to work, school, etc, try and pay attention to the roads your drive on. Do you drive on a lot of freeways or do you drive on a lot of rural roads? The reason this is so important is if you pay close attention your car's mpg, it's going to differentiate on the highway and rural roads. The reason this is different is because on a highway you tend to not stop as often as a rural road that contains stop signs and traffic lights.

Step #2 - Let's look at the car

One of things you're going to have to know when it comes to figuring out your MPG is how many gallons your gas tank is. In the future, this will give you a good idea on how far you can travel until you get close to empty. It isn't a really important step but it's always nice to know.

Figuring out the MPG

Now comes the fun part where we will determine the MPG. The next time you fill up at the pump; make sure that you reset one of your trip odometers so it's reads 0. This is going to be important because we are going to want to know how long we have travelled until our next fill up. Regardless of how long you drive, it's the mileage and the gallons you fill up with that are important. Below I'm going to show you the simple math in order to find out the MPG.

The next time you fill up, you're going to want to write these two important numbers down -

The miles you drove and how many gallons you filled up with at the pump. This will be displayed on the pump. I wrote a simple exercise below to help you understand how that process works.

Let's say you drove 300 miles and you filled up 10 gallons worth of gas. I'm making the numbers even so it's easier to understand. When you fill up, you'll probably have something along the lines of 10.223 gallons. It's always best just to round off. Now we are going to take the miles driven which is 300 and divide this by the gallons which is 10. The result we get is 30. This number is the MPGs.

This number is going to change every time you fill up but it shouldn't change much. You will only see a big difference if you drive 100% highway one fill up and all side streets the next fill up. Either way now you should know how to calculate the MPG and learn what streets work on saving you more money!