November 6, 2017 Barry Lenson

Test Your Gas Mileage IQ

Test Your Gas Mileage IQ

Do you think you know everything about improving your gas mileage? Great, but just to be sure, we invite you to take the following quiz.

At the end, you will know your Gas Mileage IQ. Ready? Put on your thinking cap and answer these questions.

  1. If you use higher octane gasoline (“high test”), you will get better gas mileage.

□ True

□ False

Answer: False. Even though high-octane gasoline produces more energy and burns cleaner, the gas mileage you get is more influenced by your driver habits, the number of revolutions your engine turns during every mile you drive, the size of your engine, and other factors.

If you answered this question correctly, award yourself five points:  _______

  1. You will get better gas mileage if you use cruise control.

□ True

□ False

Answer: True. You will almost always get better gas mileage when you are using cruise control because it applies your throttle steadily while you drive. Without cruise control, you are unconsciously depressing and releasing your gas pedal a little all the time, which burns more fuel.

If you answered this question correctly, award yourself five points:  _______

  1. I will always get better gas mileage if I drive a steady 55 miles per hour.

□ True

□ False

Answer: False. That might surprise you because for years you have been hearing that “55 saves gas.” In many cases that is true. But lots of other factors affect gas mileage too, especially what gear you are in.

If you answered this question correctly, award yourself five points:  _______

  1. A smaller engine always results in improved gas mileage.

□ True

□ False

Answer: False. Although smaller engines (meaning engines with fewer cylinders and smaller displacements) generally achieve higher gas mileage, other factors can enter the picture. For example, a small engine that is equipped with a turbocharger can get the same gas mileage as a larger engine without one.

If you answered this question correctly, award yourself five points:  _______

  1. Buying higher quality gasoline results in improved gas mileage.

□ True

□ False

Answer: True. Cheap gas can contain impurities and gunk that will clog your fuel injectors and, over time, hurt your gas mileage. Your defense is to buy only high-quality gasoline from EzFill, which is free of impurities.

If you answered this question correctly, award yourself five points:  _______

  1. All gasoline contains pretty much the same stuff.

□ True

□ False

Answer: False. Gasoline can contain as many as 150 different chemicals that can include benzine, butane, ethanol, lead, methane, octane boosters, paraffin, propane, and detergents. So not all gas is the same. The problem is that if you ask your gas station to tell you what is in the gas you buy, they will probably tell you only about ethanol and detergents and will not even know about the other stuff. Your defense is to buy only high-quality gas from top-tier gas stations and EzFill.

If you answered this question correctly, award yourself five points:  _______

  1. Modern fuel-injected engines always get better gas mileage than older carburetor-equipped engines did.

□ True

□ False

Answer: False. That might come as a surprise to you, but engines that are equipped with carburetors can achieve the same gas mileage that fuel-injected engines can – provided that their carburetors are inspected and adjusted by skilled mechanics. The reason that fuel-injected engines are preferable is that they require fewer inspections and adjustments, meaning that they can return steady gas mileage over long periods of time without adjustments.

If you answered this question correctly, award yourself five points:  _______

  1. I will get better gas mileage if I don’t run my air conditioning.

□ True

□ False

Answer: True. In most cases, cars achieve slightly better gas mileage when their air conditioners are not on.

If you answered this question correctly, award yourself five points:  _______

  1. I will get better gas mileage if my tires are inflated to the correct manufacturer-recommended pressure.

□ True

□ False

Answer: True. Running with under-inflated tires will hurt your gas mileage. Why? Because if the tires that drive your car are underinflated, they will have to rotate more times for every mile you drive.

If you answered this question correctly, award yourself five points:  _______

  1. I will get better gas mileage if I turn off my radio, headlights and other electrical components.

□ True

□ False

Answer: False. Even though electrical components consume small amounts of energy, they have a negligible effect on gas mileage. Running your conditioning, which is a mechanical system, however, does reduce gas mileage.

If you answered this question correctly, award yourself five points:  _______

  1. Cars with manual transmissions get better gas mileage than cars with automatic transmissions do.

□ True

□ False

Answer: False. There was a time 20 or 30 years ago when cars with manual transmissions got slightly better gas mileage than cars with automatics did. That is generally no longer the case. Modern automatic-equipped cars today achieve gas mileage that can be as good – or even better -than stick-shift cars.

If you answered this question correctly, award yourself five points:  _______

  1. Some cars today get better gas mileage in city driving than they do on the highway.

□ True

□ False

Answer: True. Today’s hybrid cars achieve better gas mileage in the city than they do on the open road.

If you answered this question correctly, award yourself five points:  _______

What Is Your Gas Mileage IQ?

Add up the points that you earned by answering the questions above. How did you do?

If you got 50 points or more, you are a fuel mileage genius!

If you got 30-50 points, you are a fuel mileage smarty! Just pay attention to those questions that you answered incorrectly and change your driving habits if appropriate, and climb up into the genius category.

If you got fewer than 30 points, you can improve your gas mileage by changing some of your driving habits and practices. There are no gas mileage dummies, only people who have the opportunity to get better!

And to Be the Biggest Gas Mileage Smarty of All . . .

Install our gas app on your phone, buy only top-quality gasoline from EzFill, and watch your gas mileage zoom to the top! You don’t want to spend more on gas than you need to, do you? Try our app – you will like it.

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