MPG can be calculated in four easy steps:
Step 1. Filling the vehicle's gas tank completely and writing down the vehicle's odometer reading (mileage).
Example: The last time the tank was filled, the odometer reading was 32,645.1 miles.
Example: The next time the tank was filled, the odometer reading was 33,001.3. It took 13.5 gallons to fill the tank.
Example: The distance driven would be 33,001.3 minus 32,645.1, or 356.2 miles.
Example: 356.2 miles divided by 13.5 gallons equals 26.4 miles per gallon.
The MPG for that driving period would be 26.4.
If you use your vehicle's trip odometer, MPG can be calculated by
Step 1. Filling the vehicle's gas tank completely and re-setting the trip odometer.
Note: Sometimes it's easy to get the main odometer and trip odometer readings confused, especially if the vehicle is new.
When it's time to re-fuel
Filling the tank completely
Writing down the number of gallons it took to fill the tank
Writing down the mileage on the trip odometer
Re-setting the trip odometer
Example: It took 9.5 gallons to completely fill the tank, and the trip odometer reads 335 miles.
Example: 335 miles divided by 9.5 gallons equals 35.5 miles per gallon.
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