STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF EARTH SCIENCES - EARTH SYSTEMS PROGRAM

Sustainable Choices

Track Your Gas Mileage

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Overview
Keeping track of your fuel economy is an important step towards getting more miles per gallon. Once you begin tracking gas mileage, then you can begin following the other tips in the transportation section and watch to see their effects on you car’s performance. It’s a great way to confirm that the actions you’re taking make a difference and feel good about the contribution you’re making towards a more sustainable world.

Tips & Tricks
Calculate your miles per gallon. Keep a log in your car. You only need to keep track of two things: how much gas you buy and how many miles you drive. You simply divide the number of miles by the number of gallons (miles/gallons) for a given period. You can do this every week, every month, or every time you fill up. Pick a start date and begin.

Web & Print Resources
Chart your mileage online:
www.trackyourgasmileage.com

Fuel-efficient driving tips:
www.fueleconomy.gov
www.edmunds.com
www.shell.com
http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/transportation/consumer_tips/

Fun Facts

The 2007 Toyota Prius is rated 46 mpg and the Honda Civic hybrid 42 mpg.

The 2007 Ford Expedition is rated 15 mpg, while the Ford Escape Hybrid is rated 30 mpg.