By the Numbers

Avoiding Pain at the Pump

Whether you drive a car, truck or SUV, you are likely trying to maximize your gas mileage.

You may think that there is nothing you can do to improve your vehicle’s miles per gallon, but the truth is that you play a big role in the mileage of your car. From changing your driving habits to keeping up on your vehicle’s maintenance, there are many things you can do to attain better gas mileage. By implementing one or more of these tips, you can achieve what everyone wants – fewer trips to the gas station!

Tips for fewer fill-ups

Checking your gas mileage

To see if your efforts are having a positive effect, keep track of your gas mileage over the course of several months. Start with a full tank of gas and set your trip odometer to zero. The next time you fill up, write down the number of gallons you put in and the trip odometer reading. Divide the miles traveled by how many gallons you put in the tank. This will give you the miles per gallon you achieved. Perform this calculation each time you fill up to get a good handle on your gas mileage and to see if any changes you make are helping improve your fuel economy.


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