Originally Posted by alittlepage24
I guess I should stop burning gas getting some in the truck hahahahaha
Howdy alittlepage, I've only had my new Dodge for just little over a day, but have been playing around with all the features and taking special note on the average gas mileage and real time meter.
One thing I have noticed while driving in the city with lights and high idle time, you will kill your average. I drove about 24 miles the yesterday (one way), all of them urban streets. I reset the average gas mileage before the start, and couldn't get the truck up above 10mpg. There was a lot of stop and go's (I think I got caught at every light), but I wasn't accelerating hard and never got it above 45mph.
On the way home, without resetting the average and taking the highway home (speed between 60 and 70mph), my average went from 10mpg to over 15mpg. There is no doubt that getting this beast up to speed (something reasonable) and keeping her there is going to keep your average mpg in the end of what you are probably expecting.
On a side note, after leaving work this morning I took the truck out on the highway (I reset the average for this test) and put about 60 miles on her, speeds averaging 65mph (rough guess). I was surprised that the mileage average was 17.8. I do have the 3.55 gears in my 4x4 truck, and the rating is for 18mph highway driving as most of you know.
The bottom line is there are so many factors that will effect your average mileage, from how and where you drive, tire pressures, ambient temperature, and even down to which way the wind is blowing.