This tool will figure your car's miles per gallon and forecast your gasoline expense for a month and for a year. It also shows how much money you would save if your car got better gas mileage.
Once you have calculated your current MPG you can change the comparison MPG and this will instantly calculate your potential savings (click on the MPG selection box to quickly scroll to higher MPG comparisons).
Will you please stop complaining about the high cost of gasoline? If you buy drinking water in those small $1.59 retail bottles at the gas station, gas is still cheaper than water. :)
The problem is not the cost of fuel, but how you use it. Our fuel mileage calculator may be a wake-up call for energy waste in your life, but nothing will change until you change your mindset.
Trading up to a more environmentally friendly car is a step in the right direction, but take one step back if you're too lazy to get on your knees to check the pressure in your tires. Next, take two steps back if you drive to the supermarket eight times a week because you have no formal grocery shopping list. Finally, take three steps back if you think "within walking distance" means your kitchen.
There are many ways to use our fossil fuels more efficiently, but the best gas-saving device in existence is not under your hood but between your ears - the human brain.
This is a perfect example of changing your mindset. Speeding, rapid stops and starts, and aggressive driving can cost you about $2 per gallon in wasted gas. At highway speeds, aggressive driving lowers your gas mileage by 35 percent; at city speeds you lose about 5 percent.
Why are you driving like cowboy? Driving with a lead foot is the equivalent of spending an extra $.24 per gallon in waste. We don't need to remind you that observing the speed limit and staying in your own lane are also a lot safer for everyone on the road. And that includes you.
Hauling stuff on your roof increases your wind resistance and can cost more than a buck a gallon on the highway. Instead, invest in a rear-mounted cargo box or container. This will hardly affect your miles-per-gallon (MPG) rating. Or, you get could just get rid of all that junk.
Try getting rid of the things you don't really need knocking around in your car or trunk. You could certainly make do without the box of distressed bricks your brother convinced you to salvage, and the same is true of the bowling ball you won't be using in the foreseeable future.
Here's a good rule of thumb: take stock of the junk in the trunk, and then remove anything you won't need in the next 30 days (excepting emergency equipment and supplies).
Needless to say, all the above tips for fuel economy will also reduce wear and tear on the engine.
The smoother your engine runs, the less gas it consumes. Even a minor tune-up can improve your gas mileage by 4 percent, and a major maintenance repair can make your engine up to 40 percent more fuel efficient.
This one is so easy and so efficient that it saves you time, money, and engine wear. Combine your errands into one trip, and you'll avoid a bunch of cold-start trips. It's much easier on your vehicle to make another stop on the way while the engine is warm than to make a separate trip later, and it’s much easier on your wallet, too.
If you're heading to the east side of town, try calling the dry cleaners to see if you can pick up your clothes a few hours early, instead of making a separate trip. Every time you use the car for an errand, you're adding wear and tear to the mechanical parts, as well as using up valuable gas and oil.
As you know, rush hour traffic is murder on your vehicle, with all the frequent stops, heavy idling, and slowpoke conditions. If you can, avoid being on the road during peak traffic times.
Always drive your most gas-conserving vehicle on daily commutes, and you should ask your boss if you can work from home (telecommute) for one or two days a week.
Finally, there is nothing wrong with carpooling and ride-share programs that can cut your weekly fuel costs in half. You'll also have access to the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes which cut commuting times considerably.
Some people wouldn't be caught dead on a city bus or subway car. These are people who haven't used public transportation in a long while. They don’t realize that commuting by bus and subway is a far cry from the sardine-packed misadventures of the last millennium.
Buses and subway cars are comfortable, bright, and roomy. Here are a few advantages of riding the bus and subway that have nothing to do with saving money:
Remember how we established that the most energy-efficient tool in your arsenal is your brain? Use it to choose the most fuel efficient vehicle you can find on the car lot that still tickles your fancy. You'll feel the savings immediately.
A car that gets 30 MPG will save you $865 a year over a car that gets only 20 MPG. In five years, you will have saved over $4,000 by switching to a more environmentally friendly car.
Use our convenient gas mileage efficiency calculator to see for yourself how much money you could save by being more energy-conscious.