The price of gas continues to inflate. As this happens in our economy, issues concerning fuel efficiency are becoming more important and critical to car users around the globe. Acquiring knowledge of your car’s gas consumption, such as how many gallons it eats up per mile or MPG (Miles per Gallon), will help you identify whether your car is efficiently using fuel or if your pocket is getting burned because of a gas guzzler. Knowing how to compute your MPGs can come in very handy and beneficial in identify the changes in prices to understand how it will affect your allowance for gas in your budget and help make you decisions if it will be wise to get a car that works on a better MPG.
Documentation ready. The first step is to get a notebook that will serve as your log. Keep this handy with you so that you can easily and accurately record your MPG.
Fill her up. Get a full tank for your car and take note of the reading from the odometer. This is also known as the mileage. Take note however that overfilling is not advised. Once you have filled up your car with gas, you need to stop doing so when the pump automatically cuts off.
Refueling Time. When the time comes again to refill, what you do is you take out your logbook and record the new mileage or odometer reading for this instance. Do take note likewise on how many gallons of gas were needed to fill up your car.
Factors for Comparison. In order to eliminate and make the variables at an even field, you should go to the same gas station and fill up using the same gas pump. When it comes to parking, it is best that you park in the same direction and place ideally to control the temperature. Once all of these have been insured, you may now compare the readings and get your MPG.
Calculation. The first thing that you need to identify is the distance driven. Do this by comparing the first odometer reading from the second one. This will provide you information on the distance that you have traveled.
Get the MPG. Computation for the MPG is done by simply dividing miles with the number of gallons. This will be the MPG for the given period of driving.
Repeat procedure. You can repeat the procedure to ensure that you will have a more accurate MPG rating for your vehicle. If you have a very low MPG rating, this may mean that your car has some underlying problems that you need to address, such as wheel problems or engine problems.
MPG is simple to compute. Once you know how to do it, the next thing that you have to remember is to religiously take note of the figures that you need in order for you to compute it. This will allow you to better track your car’s fuel efficiency and will help you make informed decisions concerning your consumption and how this may affect your cost of living.