Fuel Economy and Mileage

Fuel economy and mileage is commonly referred to as the amount of fuel used by an engine over a given distance. Generally, compact cars go 35 miles per gallon versus 20 miles per gallon for sports utility vehicles (SUV).

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What is a snowmobile gas mileage?

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I get 11mpg with a 2000 3cylinder Yamaha SRX 700. Newer small models could probably do around 17 mpg it all depends on how big your snowmobile is, how much it weighs, and how you drive it personally, it all varys on how the driver handles it
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How long does it take to drive 24 miles?

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well it depends on how fast you are going, but if you are going around the speed of 30 mph, then it would probably take you about 45 minutes
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How long is it to drive 349 miles going 70 miles an hour?

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Divide 349 miles by 70 miles per hour to obtain approximately 4.98 hours, which is equivalent to around 4 hours 59 minutes 8.571 seconds!
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What is the average cost per mile to operate a car including depreciation maintenance gasoline and insurance?

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From the AAA In the US, according to the AAA, the cost of operation is an average of 56 cents per mile. AAA includes the cost of depreciation of a new car, more than $3,500 per year. The actual cost can be much higher or lower depending on type of car, new or used, and miles driven. The more miles you drive, the lower the cost per mile. AAA estimates by car size (gasoline $2.30 per gallon, 60% city driving) Small car : 50.5 cents (10,000 miles) to 35.4 cents (20,000 miles) Medium car : 70.2 cents (10,000 miles) to 45.5 cents (20,000 miles) Large car : 86.8 cents (10,000 miles) to 54.9 cents (20,000 miles) *The IRS in 2010 allows 50 cents per mile in computing expense deductions. Cost Per Mile vs. Service Costs *There is a long explanation that a Wikifriendus contributor had published in Mortgage magazine in March of 2005 under their copyright. Keep in mind insurance, gasoline and depreciation are relative to the vehicle. Here are excerpts: As a service writer, I am continually asked, "When should I get rid of my car?" Or I am faced with a distressed customer who has spent $600.00 on a car that they think they could buy for $500.00, clamoring that "It's time to get rid of this thing and buy a new one." There were times of internal stress that was felt because our customer was possibly putting money into a vehicle that they thought they shouldn't be, giving the illusion of "ripping off the customer". While we never have a crystal ball to know what will happen in the future, giving the best advice possible is paramount. We had a customer named Neil who had an old Pontiac 6000 that looked like it was on its last legs: visually as well as mechanically. I told him to lose the car before it nickel-and-dimed him to death any worse. Even though it was cutting my own throat, I owe him my honest opinion. We talked about other options that were out there and he looked around but couldn't quite find what he wanted; besides he liked his old jalopy. It served his needs and was paid for. Faithfully, I would see him every couple months for a few hundred-dollar repair bill. This went on for 5 years. He eventually moved to New England, driving the old rickety but dependable Pontiac wagon. It made me analyze my recommendations a little closer and re-think about when is the time to replace. Meanwhile, I had watched technicians over the years driving some real rust buckets or buying them from a customer because the owner didn't want to spend $500.00 to repair a car, because the car was only "worth" $1000.00. The technician looked at it differently: setting aside the repairs for him would be much less expensive. The shop owner I work for had always presented the answer to the question: "Is it worth fixing?" into a logical light. He would reply to the owner, "Do you like the car?" and then follow up with, "Can you buy a car that you know is the exact same condition as your present car for the same cost as what your repair bill will be?" Many times customers repaired their car with this logic. But living in this disposable society, I still had trouble quoting a repair that rivaled the expected market value of the car itself. For years I fought with doing the right thing for my customer as well as the right thing for my employer. There had to be a better way of answering these questions based on more than what I would do if it was mine or what I felt was right for them. After all, what is their financial obligation compared to mine? That is part of the equation for whoever's car it is. What I needed to know was how it could be answered with a common denominator. We had a customer that came in and needed $600.00 worth of work on their 1994 Hyundai. They were customers that kept up on the maintenance we recommended and did repairs as required. Being a loyal customer, it seemed reasonable that they would be a good customer to use for number crunching. I added all of their invoices from 36,000 miles to the present mileage. I used these numbers because this is the mileage that the majority of the manufacturers' warranties expire. The current mileage is subtracted from the 36,000-mile warranty expiration point. I then divided the dollars spent by this to get a dollars-per-mile figure. It came out to about $.08/mile. This didn't mean much at this point. So to get a better comparison to what new car is going to be costing the customer; the purchase price is divided by the first 36,000 miles that it is under warranty. Since a new car owner is getting "problem free driving" for 36,000 miles, the purchase price should not be extended beyond this. Using a purchase price of $15,500 plus the sales tax, tags, title brings it to about $17,000 yielding about $.47/mile. This figure does not include oil changes, tire rotation, interest on a loan or an insurance premium increase. Now that means something! I went back to other loyal customers in our database and found they generally pay $.07 to $.13 per mile to run their vehicles. So they save a minimum of $5,100.00 more annually if they drive 15,000 miles.
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Which gasoline brand provides the best fuel mileage?

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All gasoline comes from the same refineries. What matters is the additive that each brand adds to the gasoline. Good standard brands are Chevron, Texaco and then Mobil. It's true. All gas comes from the same distributor. Different brands, Shell/Mobil, Chevron/Texaco, Diamond Shamrock, etc. chemicals are then added after the tanker truck is filled. All the octane does is slow down the burning of gas. Cetane on the other hand, speeds up the burning of diesel fuel. Gasoline's will give similar gas mileage, but some have additives. Some cars need higher octanes to run better. Octane is a unit of measure. It describes the burn rate of gasoline as compared to pure Octane. Octane burns at 100% and 87 octane gasoline produces 13% less energy than pure octane. Octane is an eight carbon chain like methane (one carbon) or propane (3carbon chain). The octane rating of pure gasoline is around 55, the manufacturers add components like benzene to boost the octane rating to what engineers designed the engines to burn. So the higher the octane rating the faster the gasoline will burn. The answer where it was stated "ALL OCTANE DOES IS PREVENT YOUR CAR'S ENGINE FROM PINGING" is generally a pretty good answer to this. Octane truly is the gases ability to resist "knock". Knock is a technical term used to describe premature detonation due to compression. What this all boils down to is that certain high performance vehicles has high compression within their cylinders. This high compression squeezes the gas so much that it ignites before it is supposed to. Your cylinder is supposed to fire near top dead center when the pistons upward motion is almost stopped. When you have "knock" the piston is still traveling very fast upward and the combustion of gas forces the piston to move back down when it doesn't want to. This is what creates the "pinging" or "knock" that you hear from inside the engine. The best example I have of this is imagine that your fist is a piston and you punching something statiopnary is the motion of the piston. If you just stand there and punch something the impact is rather low and your arm wont hurt very much. Now imagine punching something that is coming towards you at a fast rate.... the impact is much greater and it will hurt your arm. That is a good way to vision what is happening during engine knock and why it is bad for your vehicle. So the octane rating determines its resistance to this premature detonation. A higher rating will not ignite as easily under compression. The higher rating WILL NOT, I repeat, WILL NOT increase your vehicles efficiency. That is not part of its design and is a common misconception that could save people a lot of money. That being said, If you car is supercharged, turbo charged or says it "recommends super unleaded" then please DO use it, as you can cause severe engine damage if you don't, as stated above.
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How can you improve gas mileage?

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Here are some tips for improving your gas mileage. Drive slower. The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. For example, driving at 65 miles per hour (mph), rather than 55 mph, increases fuel consumption by 20 percent. Driving at 75 mph, rather than 65 mph, increases fuel consumption by another 25 percent. Use overdrive gears. Overdrive gears improve the fuel economy of your car during highway driving. Your car's engine speed decreases when you use overdrive. This reduces both fuel consumption and engine wear. Use cruise control. Using cruise control on highway trips can help you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, reduce your fuel consumption. Anticipate driving situations. If you anticipate traffic conditions and don't tailgate, you can avoid unnecessary braking and acceleration, and improve your fuel economy by 5 to 10 percent. In city driving, nearly 50 percent of the energy needed to power your car goes to acceleration. Go easy on the gas pedal and brakes. "Jack-rabbit" starts and sudden stops are wasteful. Avoid unnecessary idling. Turn off the engine if you anticipate a lengthy wait. No matter how efficient your car is, unnecessary idling wastes fuel, costs you money and pollutes the air. Do more in a single car trip. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm. Remove excess weight from the trunk. Avoid carrying unneeded items, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk reduces a typical car's fuel economy by one to two percent. Keep your engine tuned. Studies have shown that a poorly tuned engine can increase fuel consumption by as much as 10 to 20 percent depending on a car's condition. Follow the recommended maintenance schedule in your owner's manual; you'll save fuel and your car will run better and last longer. Keep your tires properly inflated and aligned. Car manufacturers must place a label in the car stating the correct tire pressure. The label usually is on the edge of the door or door jamb, in the glove box, or on the inside of the gas cap cover. If the label lists a psi (pounds per square inch) range, use the higher number to maximize your fuel efficiency. Underinflated tires cause fuel consumption to increase by six percent. Change your oil. Clean oil reduces wear caused by friction between moving parts and removes harmful substances from the engine. Change your oil as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Check and replace air filters regularly. Your car's air filter keeps impurities in the air from damaging internal engine components. Not only will replacing a dirty air filter improve your fuel economy, it also will protect your engine. Clogged filters can cause up to a 10 percent increase in fuel consumption.
Asked in Cars & Vehicles, Motorcycles, Fuel Economy and Mileage

What 1995-2005 motorcycles have the best gas mileage?

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Generally speaking, the smaller the engine, the better the mileage. Most common fault for poor fuel consumption is dirty air filters, an aggressive hand & and bad riding practices. Fuel consumption is like asking how long a piece of string is. It all boils down to how hard you accelerate, how much stop & staring you do, how much highway work you do. Bike have advanced so much these last few years there's nor much in them at all. There all getting lighter, faster & more advanced. If you are after a bike for cheaper transport beware. They require more servicing mostly every 6000km, depending where you live air filters every 12000km. Bikes all vary, 750 & 1000CC injected bikes are probably the best. Fitting a power commander is a good example as you are able to remap these. Leaning the bike off in areas needed and richening them where needed. Every bike is different in their requirement. Your best bet is to just get out there and find a bike you feel comfortable on, you feel you can handle (not going to kill yourself on). One that just feels right. Every one is different, everyone handles different. Decide what type of riding you want to do and look for the model that suits your needs. Other friendus from contributors: It seems that a lot of 2-stroke bikes have really good mileage but you do have to take into account that they use a little bit of the 2-stroke oil as well. 4 strokes get much better mileage than two strokes. Ask any outboard motor owner. The fewer cylinders often the better the mileage. The lower the RPM's the better the mileage. Harleys get an amazing 50 MPG's. Low RPM's, only two cylinders only about 45 horse power. Buy a 125cc or a 250cc single cyl. 4 stroke and you will get 60-90 miles per gallon. A 100 Horse Power 6 cylinder goldwing expect about 32 MPG's. The best may be the new 4 stroke scooters. They have excellent aerodynamics. A 250cc scooter that will go 100 MPH can get 80 MPG (not running at 100 MPH). I have a goldwing 1800 and for being one of the biggest bikes on the market, it gets more than 32 MPG. Try more around 39 to 45. Maybe 35 if your riding real hard. I own an 2004 wing and routinely get 38 mpg at 85 mph. (90 - 95 mph gets 36 mpg). Since gas broke $3.00 I am trying to keep it under 2200 rpm in town (not hard to do). My first 200 miles yielded 44.4 mpg and 80 of those miles were at 65 miles per hour and 2700 rpm. I expect to get 45 - 46 mpg in town just by obeying posted speed limits and not accelerating fiercely. This is good on a machine weighing 750 and will cruise cross county! Remember - tires are $125 - $140 each and last about 12000 miles. My Honda Reflex (maxi-scooter) with a 250cc Engine has averaged 68 mpg (for the first 12,000 miles). This is a "twist and go" but it will go about 75-80 mph (actual) and will cruise at 70 all day with no problem. Some report better mileage. Kawi Eliminator 125 - 110mpg I have a 2004 Harley Davidson 883 Sportster Standard. I routinely get 52mpg and have hit 59mpg. The worst was about 47mpg. It only has a 3.3 gallon tank, so the range between fill ups is about 100 to 130 miles, if you don't want to hit reserve. They do have a 4.5 gallon tank you can replace it with, though. 02-05 Honda VFR 800's reportedly get between 30 and 55 depending on throttle usage and, apparently, even the individual bike. This is a v-4 with vtec valving. Smaller displacement single cylinder four-strokes will of course be your best bet for pure mileage, however 400cc is your legal highway limit, and they won't always have the get-up to put you in the safest riding position. My 2003 Honda "silverwing" (600 scooter, centrifical clutch, cvt) seems to deliver around 46 city or highway. I do tend to use too much throttle in town and cruise at 80+ on the interstate. One of these days I intend to do a couple tankfuls at 65mph, but just haven't been able to hold her down yet. I'll post the results if I accomplish that. I find it hard to believe that the BMW F650 is not listed here. I guess what I am looking for is to find the bike with the best size to mpg ratio. It is pretty easy for a 250 scooter to get 80 mpg but my buddies BMW F650 averages 68 and 70+ mpg on the highway. Now the Suzuki 650 DL v-strom only gets 56 on the highway. My little Suzuki DR350 and Ninja 250 both only got 54 on average. I am yet to find a bike that can easily cruse at highway speeds and get better gas mileage than the BMW F650 400cc is not the minimum for highway. 125cc is all for Michigan. I have owned over 60 bikes. A 250cc single cyl 4 stroke may be the best bike for MPG's with enough speed to keep up with traffic. My Honda NX250 conisitantly got 85 MPG's and I am 6'4" 250 lbs. In addition it would go 85MPH. I agree with the previous statement the 250cc 4 stroke scooters are the best MPGs with enough power to be safe. The BMW F650 does seem to be the hands down winner for a freeway capable, high mpg bike. And California rules state: M2 license up to 125cc. M1 license above 125cc. And 250cc minimum for freeways. My 86 Honda Elite 250 had 70mpg at 50 to 60mph and occasionally was pushed to 70 mph. It complained bitterly afterwards. But it was worth it to pass cars in the fast lane on a scooter. I have a 650-CS (Scarver). Riding in Central Colorado and Utah, between 65 and 75 mpg I average around 62 mpg. I find that downshifting and otherwise unnecessarily goosing the throttle (twist grip) can reduce my mileage by 20-30%. I had a Yamaha 250 which got better mileage but didn't have the power to handle the bigger hills and headwinds without winding out in a lower gear. The Scarver with its anti lock brakes and great suspension is probably the safest bike around.
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What is the average annual car mileage?

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According to the US DOT Federal Highway Administration, the average annual miles per vehicle is 12,334 per year. This is based on a total annual miles traveled (3,049,047 million) divided by the total number of vehicle registrations (247 million). This data from 2007 but statistics like this are often a few years in arrears.
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How long will it take to drive 6 miles at 35 miles per hour?

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Determine the length of time to drive 6 miles at that rate by dividing 6 miles by 45 miles per hour. You should get: 6 miles / (35 miles per hour) ≈ 0.171 hours
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How much does gas cost in France?

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October 2010: Approx. €1.41/litre (US$7.30/US gallon)
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How long will it take travel 30 miles by car?

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That depends on the speed at which you are traveling. At 30mph, it will take one hour and at 60mph it will take 30 minutes, etc...
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How long does it take to drive 52 miles at 100 miles per hour?

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Time = Distance/Speed = 52/100 = 0.52 hours = 31 minutes 12 seconds
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How long will it take to travel 36 miles in a coach?

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It all depends where those 36 miles are, and hence what roads will be used and the traffic conditions (which are often based on time of day, and which day it is). For example, yesterday it took about 70 mins for me to drive my "company car" (a 71 seater, double decker coach) the first 36 miles from base to pickup (in London) towards the destination (on the coast). Later in the day I covered 36 miles in about 55mins (on the return, with a lot of that on the A13). Driving from Birmingham to London a few weeks ago (in the same vehicle) I covered 36 miles in about 35 minutes along the M40.
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38 miles equal how many minutes traveling 45 miles per hour?

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50.66 minutes To get this answer, divide 38 miles by 45 miles and multiply by 60 minutes. 38/45=0.8444 .8444 x 60 = 50.66 minutes
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How much gas money is a six hour drive?

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It depends on where you are going, what type of vehicle you are driving, how much weight are you carrying, and how many passengers are with you.
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How much does diesel fuel weigh per gallon?

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The specific gravity of diesel is .83 to .876 at 60 degrees Fahrenheit. That would make it 6.64 to 7.008 pounds per gallon.
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How many mph is 1 mile in 4 minutes?

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15 MPH 1 mile / 4 minutes x 15 /15 = 15 miles / 60 minutes ... or ... 15 miles / 1 hour.
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How do you pay less for gas?

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There are different ways of being informed and paying less for gas: 1) on line sites that lists the local prices 2) through email alerts 3) through mobile alerts For Canada, sites such as http://www.tomorrowsgaspricestoday.com and http://www.gasmobile.ca are recommended. For the US, sites such as http://www.gasbuddy.com are recommended.
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How long does it take to drive 630 miles at 55.3 miles per hour?

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Speed(miles/hours) * Time(hours) = Distance(miles) -------> As you can see => miles/hours * hours = miles ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Therefore : Distance = 630 miles Speed = 55.3 miles/hours Time = ? Just substitute: 55.3 * Time = 630; ---------------> you get Time = 630/55.3 = 11.39 hours 0.39 hours = 60 * 0.39 = 23.4 minutes => Final Answer : 11:23 hr:mi
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How long would it take to travel 144 miles at sonic speed?

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Using the speed of sound at sea-level ... approx 343 meters per second ... it would take about 10.25 minutes. _________________________________________________________________ The answer above in incorrect if sonic speed is 343 meters/sec. One mile is 1609.344 meters (exactly) 1609.344 meters/mi x 144mi ≈ 231746 meters in 144 miles 231746 meters divided by 343 meter/sec ≈ 675.6 sec or 11.26 minutes
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How long would it take to drive 236 miles at 70 mph?

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236 mi / 70 mph = 236 / 70 hr = 3.371 hours = 3 hours 22 minutes
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How many miles do cars travel every year?

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That would depend on your driving habits, of course, but we can do a quick estimate. If you drive 2 hours every day, at 50 miles per hour, 365 days a year, that results in a total of 2 x 50 x 365 = 36500 miles in one year. Adjust this calculation according to your driving habit.