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Fuel economy tips & mileage calculator
Tips to improve your fuel economy:
- Maintain your vehicle - Observing regular maintenance and service intervals recommend by your manufacture
- Upgrade your oil - You can save gas and improve performance by as much as 5% by switching to a high performance synthetic motor oil and increase time between oil changes
- Drive sensibly - Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) can lower your fuel economy by 33% at highway speeds
- Maintain proper tire inflation - Under-inflated tires require more fuel to get you down the road, up to 4% more fuel AND increasing the air pressure up to the maximum rating, makes for a rougher ride, but will increase your fuel economy even more
- Keep your vehicle clean - Keeping your car washed and waxed improves aerodynamics and therefore affects your fuel economy
- Observe the speed limit - For each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.26 (at $3.00/gal) per gallon of fuel
- Use your cruise control - Using cruise control on the highway (excluding climbing grades) will maintain a constant speed and save fuel
- Use overdrive gears - When you use overdrive gearing, your car's engine speed goes down saving your fuel and reducing engine wear
- Remove excess weight - An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle can reduce your fuel economy by 2%
- Avoid excessive idling - Common sense, at an idle you are getting 0 miles per gallon
Tips to improve your fuel economy while fueling your vehicle:
- Fill up early - All storage tanks are underground, the cooler the fuel when filling up the less expansion of the fuel is occurring in the storage tank
- Use slow setting - The faster the tank is filled the more vapors are created, meaning fuel you have already been metered for is re-cycled back into their storage tank through the vapor recovery nozzle
- Avoid filling-up when a tanker truck is onsite - A pumping tanker truck tends to stir up the dirt and grime in the bottom of the storage tanks increasing the filth transfered into your fuel tank
- Do not drop below 1/2 tank - More air in your fuel tank creates more evaporation of your fuel vapors
How to properly test your fuel economy:
Caution - DO NOT use your cruise control on wet or icy pavement!
- Find a freeway (or non-congested stretch of highway) with at least three lanes going in both directions and an entrance and exit ramp on both sides (or a designated u-turn area). It should be the straightest and most level strip of roadway available to you. There must be a filling station at your chosen starting point.
- Stop at your start point and fill-up your vehicle on the slow flow setting until it clicks off the first time (this could be anywhere from 90-95% of capacity depending on make & model but will be the same every-time with the same pump).
- Travel at least twenty miles or more to a designated u-turn and head back to your starting point. Use cruise control to maintain a constant speed of 55, 65 or whatever mph in both directions.
- Return to the filling station you filled up at and re-fill your vehicle at the same pump exactly as before.
- The amount of fuel used to travel your chosen distance (must be a minimum of 40 miles or 65 kilometers) will determine your fuel economy under controlled highway conditions.
- Divide the total distance traveled by the amount of fuel used to calculate your miles per gallon, miles per liter or kilometers per gallon/liter or use our easy fuel economy calculator tool below