How to Calculate Gas Mileage for a Trip

Pumping Gas

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates new Buick, GMC vehicles based on their fuel efficiency. Several factors go into the ratings, but as disclaimers always note: actual mileage could vary. If you’re looking for a way to calculate your actual gas mileage for your Kettering commute or trip, continue reading below. The service experts at Bob Ross Buick GMC are standing by if you have any questions.


What is Good Gas Mileage?

There’s no standard to what’s considered “good” gas mileage. If you’re looking to purchase an SUV for your growing family, you will experience good gas mileage, but one that’s lower than what you’d find with a compact car. This is also true when comparing compact gas-powered cars with gas-electric hybrids; the latter is almost always more efficient.

If you’re buying or leasing a new Buick, GMC vehicle, keep in mind what you want your gas mileage to be, then research our inventory to find the vehicle that matches your driving needs.

Gas Mileage Calculator

While many people want to know how to calculate gas mileage cost, it varies depending on the gas prices in your area and how much is needed to fill up when you arrive at your Springboro-area gas station.

With that said, you can learn how to calculate gas mileage in your vehicle by following the steps below:

  1. Fill up your tank and either reset your trip odometer or take note of the exact mileage after refilling. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to see how much gas your tank holds.
  2. Drive your car like normal. However, keep track if you accelerate more briskly or slowly or drive differently because your calculated gas mileage could be different than what you record.
  3. Refill your tank and record your mileage. Waiting longer to refill helps make your calculation accurate since it will be based on a more balanced mix of driving conditions.
  4. Calculate your gas mileage by dividing the number of miles traveled by the number of gallons of gas needed to refill.
  5. Forgot to check how many gallons it took to fill up your car? Go by where your tank was when you refilled (¼, ½, or ¾) and divide out your total tank capacity accordingly to get the number of gallons refilled. Then, divide miles driven by that approximation. This is less accurate since the gas gauge in some cars is not always 100% accurate. Digital gas gauges show exactly how many gallons of gas are in the tank, making it easier than an analog gauge.

Get More Tips on Maximizing Your Gas Mileage in Centerville!

Want tips on how to calculate the gas mileage cost or other service tips to keep your vehicle in top shape? Give us a call! Our service experts know your car inside and out and work hard to ensure it continues performing at its best, so it’s safe for your Bellbrook drives.


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