This gas calculator is a handy tool for every driver who asks the question how much gas will I use? We prepared the gas estimator to help you find out how much fuel you will use for a car trip and how much it will cost you. Our gas cost calculator is versatile and offers more then other web-based fuel cost calculators (e.g. splitting the gas cost). All you need is to enter the driving distance and the average fuel economy of your car - then, all the math is done automatically! In fact, you don't need to worry about more than just how much gas costs at your nearest gas station.

That's not all, though. In the corresponding article, you can find information about gas price today, gas price history, and gas price increase. Also, check out the best fuel economy cars and how to do eco-drive properly. Finally, a user-friendly tutorial will ensure you're using the gas calculator properly.

How much gas will I use?

Our gas estimator operates on a very simple premise:

  1. Determine the distance you are about to travel. Let's say 295 km.
  2. Find out what's your fuel economy. Let's use 8 l/100km.
  3. To work out how much fuel you will use in total, divide your distance by 100 (because we are looking at the fuel use every 100 km), so: 295 / 100 = 2.95 and then multiply it by you combustion, so by 8: 2.95 * 8 = 23.6. Now you know that you will use 23.6 liters of fuel.

If we want to take this one step further and find out how much this trip will cost us:

  1. Determine the price of the fuel. Let's say 1.6 €/l.
  2. To find out the total price, multiply the total amount of fuel you will use by its price, so: 23.6 l * 1.6 €/l = €37.76.
  3. Now you know how to calculate the fuel use and its cost on your own, or use our gas calculator to make it so much easier and faster for you!

Splitting the gas cost

We finally know the answer to the question: how much gas will I use? However, we often travel with other passengers, so there is no need to pay for gas only by ourselves. We can split the cost among all passengers instead. All those calculations and counting are awkward, so to spare you the trouble, our gas calculator can do it for you:

  1. Find out the total fuel cost. Let's use the example above of €37.76.
  2. Determine how many people are there. Let's say 4.
  3. Divide the total price by the number of people to work out each person's share: €37.76 / 4 = €9.44 or let our gas estimator do it for you!

There is occasionally a situation when you need to convert liters into gallons, be it US gallons or UK gallons. Let's be honest, no one has ever learned to do it by heart, so we always seek out help, mostly online. Our gas calculator has the option of not only choosing whether you want to count liters or gallons but also what is the distance unit - kilometers, miles, etc. However, we encourage you to use our mpg converter for converting between liters and gallons.

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Cost of gas

Every car user spends money for gas. It is one of the most noticeable vehicle-related expenses. You can drive a car which has old tires, but without a full fuel tank, you will not travel far. So, it is evident that we can quickly notice each rise of fuel price. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), average drivers spend up to $3000 on fuel annually.

Gasoline prices are not determined just by the price of crude oil. Let's take a closer look at it. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average price of a gallon of regular gas in May 2014 was about $3.67. For the week of June 23, it would set you back $3.70. A French driver would have paid around $7.83, a British one $8.94. In Norway, which produces 1.8 million barrels of oil per day, a gallon of gas reaches the price of $9.90.

Gas prices and taxes

According to the EIA data from May 2014, the costs of producing crude oil account for only 65% of the average gas price. The next 12% are taxes (federal, state and local), another 11% distribution and marketing. Refining accounts for about 13% of the gasoline price.

The big part of gas price are taxes. The U.S. federal government established an 18.4 cents tax on gasoline and 24.4 cents on diesel. Without taxes, a gallon of gasoline is more expensive in the USA than in the U.K. ($3.18) and France ($3.37). There are also local and state taxes to consider. According to the Tax Foundation, if you are buying gas in New York State, you would pay the highest taxes in America (50.6 cents per gallon in 2013). The lowest are in Alaska, where most of America's oil comes from - they are 8 cents.

Gas price history

Below you will find the retail price of regular gasoline in the United States from 1990 to 2017 (in U.S. dollars per gallon). Check the fluctuations of a gas price over the last seventeen years.

Year Price Year Price
2017 2.42 2003 1.56
2016 2.14 2002 1.35
2015 2.43 2001 1.42
2014 3.36 2000 1.48
2013 3.51 1999 1.14
2012 3.62 1998 1.03
2011 3.52 1997 1.20
2010 2.78 1996 1.20
2009 2.35 1995 1.11
2008 3.25 1994 1.08
2007 2.80 1993 1.07
2006 2.57 1992 1.09
2005 2.27 1991 1.10
2004 1.85 1990 1.30

Gas price increase

Gas prices are not stable and they tend to fluctuate over time. These variations my be driven by many different factors like e.g. consumer fears over refining capacity. Other aspects, for example non-stable geopolitical situation (especially near oil-producing nations) or the risk of an oil-supply interruption are mainly economy-related.

To illustrate this principle, let's go back in time to 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit much of the refining capacity along the Gulf Coast. Many refineries had to be closed, what caused a decrease in oil supply and, automatically, a high increase in gas prices. That year has begun with the average monthly gas price at level $2.27 and finished at $2.76 but within the general upward trend. In September, there was a peak up to $3.47 due to fears about the gasoline supply - this is the first time in history when gas prices exceeded the $3-threshold.

Even though the supply has met the demand shorty after, gasoline suppliers weren't inclined to lower the prices, as their customers got used to new prices. As a result, the price of gasoline has been kept high since the hurricane.

Gas price today

According to the Energy Information Administration, USA produces about 12% of the world's oil, what amounts to 2.7 billion barrels per day. That makes the United States one of the major producing countries (like e.g. Saudi Arabia) in the world. However, U.S. is also one of the biggest consumers of gasoline on the per capita basis, with approximately 1.22 gallons of gas per person daily. Gasoline is often regarded as a key driver of a country's economy. It is the main fuel used in families’ passenger vehicles and the automotive fleets of small and large businesses.

Let's take a look on a worldwide gasoline prices comparison (in U.S. dollars per gallon). The data comes from April 16th, 2018. Fuel prices vary from a few cents to over 7 dollars per gallon. Gas price in the U.S. placed at the level of $2.99, while in Germany it was considerably higher - $6.43. We can observe that generally, gas prices in Europe are much higher than in America. Norway is the infamous world leader in gas prices with $7.82 per gallon. This is over 2.6 times more than in USA and... 261 times more than in Venezuela ($0.03).

Source: gasbuddy.com

Fuel economy

We all wish we didn't have to spend so much on gas, and would like to keep that money in our wallets instead. Check out the tips below if you want to save more money while fueling your car:

  • Check prices online - nowadays, in many countries websites provide daily updated gas prices in your neighborhood. Spending a little bit of time on an Internet check will allow you to plan a route for a gas stop at the station with the best prices. Try to do it for a month or two, and you will notice which stations consistently offer lower prices, and which tend to raise them.

  • Stay away from the highway - the stations which are located close to big roads are often the easiest to reach and prompt you their good quality coffee and meals. Keep in mind that probably you will pay more (sometimes much more) just because of the good location of the business.

  • Small, private stations - it is a good alternative. Owners are not affiliated with big concerns which take some of the income because of giving the brand name. Quality of gas has to be compliant with standards, so you shouldn't be concerned about it.

  • Plan your purchase - try to avoid the situation when you will be alarmed about an empty tank by the fuel indicator on your dashboard. That would probably force you to stop at the nearest gas station. Hopefully not at the one close to the highway.

  • Join the club partnership - most gas companies offer club partnerships. Being a club member enables you to find some profits from constant fueling their gasoline. Usually, you collect points when tanking and then, you can exchange them for discounts or gifts.

Eco-drive

Because of rising fuel prices more and more motorists are conscious of getting maximum efficiency from their car. Eco-driving is a way of driving that reduces fuel consumption, gas emissions, and accident rates. This term is the synonym to driving in a smart, smooth and safe way that leads to average fuel savings of 5-10%. Keep in mind - good driving is eco-driving.

If you are interested in that topic, follow the rules below:

  1. Anticipate the traffic flow: Look ahead on the road as far as you can and try to anticipate the flow of traffic. Maintain a larger safety distance to others cars to increase the scope of action in traffic flow. Use the vehicle's momentum (in gear or neutral) maximally, accelerate and brake smoothly.

  2. Maintain a steady speed at low RPM: Drive gently, using the highest possible gear at low RPM. Avoid driving at excessive speeds. Try to keep the speed steady and avoid unnecessary braking and acceleration.

  3. Shift up early: Change to a higher gear at around 2000 RPM.

  4. Check tires pressures frequently: Ensure your tires are properly inflated. Low tire pressure is a safety risk and waste of fuel.

  5. Avoid dead weight and aerodynamic drag: Remove heavy objects that you don't use from your car (for sure you have some). Also, keep windows closed while driving on the motorway - it helps to improve the fuel economy.

  6. Use air-conditioning sparingly: Using the AC unnecessarily is a waste of money, because keeping it on always increases the fuel consumption.

  7. Share your car: One of the best ideas to save money. Just one additional passenger would reduce your trip expenses by 50%.

Best fuel economy cars

“New vehicles offer the latest designs, cutting-edge technologies, and warranties that offer peace of mind,” said John Nielsen, American Automobile Association's (AAA) managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “But, car owners that like to change vehicles frequently should be thinking about the resale value – not just the purchase price – when choosing their next ride.”

Latest annual AAA’s analysis shows a shift in consumers' preferences. We can observe an increased appetite for SUVs cars and pickup trucks and a decreased demand for sedans.

It results in higher depreciation costs (up to 13% in comparison to last year) of these ex-popular cars. Electric and hybrid vehicles have a gain in their popularity - 20 percent of Americans (15% in the previous year) say they are likely to buy an electric car as their next vehicle. It is not surprising - driving "green" cars is going to be more and more affordable. It is because of much lower fuel and maintenance charges.

Research conducted by AAA shows the average cost of owning and operating a new vehicle in 2018. The study is based on the cost of fuel, maintenance, repairs, insurance, and taxes. 45 top-selling 2018 model year cars were taken into account across nine categories. The data bases on 15,000 miles driven annually.

Vehicle type Annual cost
small sedan $6,777
medium sedan $8,866
large sedan $9,804
small SUV $7,869
medium SUV $9,697
minivan $9,677
pickup truck $10,215
hybrid $7,485
electric vehicle $8,384
average $8,849

New cars are attractive to buyers because of the newest technology and electronics inside, various accessories, and a multitude of configuration options. However, they are not the best economical choice for some customers. For those who look for alternatives to new car ownership or ways to minimize operating costs should take a look at the tips below:

  1. Buy a pre-owned car - slightly used vehicle in good condition is an affordable choice. Ownership costs are significantly lower, and the vehicle can still be safe, reliable, and perfect for driving.

  2. Fuel responsibly - avoid wasting money on premium grade gasoline (unless your vehicle requires it) and on tanking on expensive gas stations (e.g., those near highways).

  3. Take care of your car - in general, spending money on routine maintenance will save your money.

  4. Drive eco - when gas prices rise, small changes in your driving style could make a significant difference for your wallet.

Cars with great gas mileage used to have a reputation for being underpowered and small. However, the latest technologies, from plug-in hybrids to weight-saving measures and new solutions applied to engines construction, helped to change it. Nowadays, it means that nearly any kind of vehicle can be efficient without compromising space, comfort, or fun. Take a look at the top 15 best fuel economy cars:

  1. Toyota Prius Prime (2018)
  2. Hyundai Ioniq PHEV (2018)
  3. Honda Clarity PHEV (2018)
  4. Chevrolet Volt (2018)
  5. Kia Niro PHEV (2018)
  6. Kia Optima PHEV (2018)
  7. Hyundai Ioniq Blue (2018)
  8. Toyota Prius Eco (2018)
  9. Toyota Camry Hybrid LE (2018)
  10. Kia Niro FE (2018)
  11. Honda Accord Hybrid (2017)
  12. Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid (2018)
  13. Ford Fusion Hybrid (2018)
  14. Hyundai Sonata SE Hybrid (2018)
  15. Kia Optima Hybrid (2018)

Cost of gas for trip

You are planning a trip to the destination point, and you are wondering how to get there. Usually, if the distance is not too big, traveling by car is fast and comfortable. Moreover, it is often cheaper than flying or even taking a train. But is it always? Finding the answer involves the current price of gasoline, your car fuel efficiency, the distance, and some other road fees.

While planning the trip by a car, first you should find out what is your car fuel economy. Then, knowing the trip distance, you can use the gas calculator and easily find if is it affordable for you to use a car for the trip. Remember, you can easily reduce costs of gas by finding cheap gas stations on the way and by taking more friends with you, who will chip in for the fuel.

Filip Derma, Mateusz Mucha and Piotr Małek

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