Introduction: How to Calculate Your Own Fuel Consumption (MPG).
If you are on a budget or just interested what sort of mileage you get in different environments, this is for you!
First you will need a subject, for my subject I am using our motor home, I will show you a 7 fill period (consecutive) of our driving. My topics in the subject will be: KPL (kilometers per liter), the condition of the driving, how far we drove and how much we filled up at each stop. The last step will show you the calculations to make to figure out your own fuel consumption.
Step 1: Please Note.
Before I get started I will note a few things, we are driving a diesel, all my specs are in kilometres and litres NOT miles and gallons.
My hypothesis is that flat roads will get the best fuel consumption.
Step 2: Start of Filling
Fill one, filled up with 170 litres, we drove in a strong headwind, got 691.6km and our fuel consumption was 4.068kpl.
Step 3: Fill Two.
Fill two, filled up with 151.9 litres, we drove on bumpy roads and in warm weather, got 678.9km and our fuel consumption was 4.469kpl.
Step 4: Fill Three.
Fill three, filled up with 156.02 litres, we had flat driving, got 660.3km and our fuel consumption was 4.232kpl.
Step 5: Fill Four.
Fill four, filled up with 138.24 litres, we had mostly hwy driving and one small range to cross, got 591.6km and our fuel consumption was 4.279kpl.
Step 6: Fill Five.
Fill five, filled up with 140.03 litres, we had easy hwy driving, got 594.5km and our fuel consumption was 4.245kpl.
Step 7: Fill Six.
Fill six, filled up with 146.4 litres, we had very hilly and windy driving, got 565.5km and our fuel consumption was 3.862kpl.
Step 8: Fill Seven.
Fill seven, filled up with 140 litres, we had hilly driving and one big range to cross, got 580.9km and our fuel consumption was 4.149kpl.
Step 9: The Conclusion.
The conclusion: My hypothesis was wrong, the best consumption in our case was on bupy roads in wam weather.
A few stats: The best consumption was on fill two on the bumpy roads and in warm weather, 4.469kpl. The furthest we drove was fill one, 691.6km. The most we filled up with was fill one, 170L. The worst consumption was fill six, 3.862kpl. The shortest we drove was fill six, 565.5km. The least we filled up with was fill four, 182.4L.
Step 10: How You Can Do This.
How you can do this: first, get yourself a small book (one with 80 pages has lasted us over 4 years)
You will need a pen or a pencil (to write with!) If you are not Einstein you might want a calculator… When you have all this, drive like normal until you need to fill up, when you fill up you need the reading on the odometer and the amount of fuel you put in. If you want a fancier reading you might want to note the price of the fuel and the conditions.
I will use fill five and six as an example of what you will be doing; with your odometer and how much you filled up with you are ready to start. My odometer reading on fill five was 412666.6km, I filled up with 140.03L This is going to be the start of my readings (NOTE, for your FIRST fill you do not need the amount you filled up with). Your first calculation is going to be on your second fill. fill six my odometer reads 413232.1km, I filled up with 146.4L. Now the calculations begin. Subtract 413232.1 (your second fill) from 412666.6 (your first fill), the answer is 565.5 that is how far I drove - write this number down. Next, divide how far you drove (565.5) by how much you filled up with (146.41L) the answer is your fuel consumption (3.862kpl) Now write down the fuel consumption and the conditions and you are done - that is until your next fill… After you have done your first calculation your book might look a little bit like this:
01/01/2015 412666.6412666.6 hwy driving 140.03L@125.5cpl (cents per litre)
11/01/2015 413232.1 565.5km hilly and very windy driving 3.862 $237.27 146.4L@130.1cpl…
The stuff in italics is optional
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