While it would be nice if it wasn’t so, every vehicle can run out of gas. The good thing, however, is that this is one of the easiest things to avoid. All that’s needed is for you to make sure you keep your car fueled. While that sounds easy enough, there are five things you need to know about running out of gas.
Your vehicle is quite helpful in that it provides a variety of warning signs that the gas is running low. You’ll be able to see the gas gauge edge closer and closer to the dreaded “E”, and when it gets a bit too close, a low fuel light and a warning chime alert you. However, if all three of those fail to get your attention, the next thing you’ll notice is that your vehicle will start to sputter – if it does this, get to the side of the road as safely and quickly as possible.
While the thought of having to walk five miles to the nearest station is bad enough, running out of gas can do more than simply wear out your shoes. It can also cause damage to your vehicle. When a car or truck runs out of gas, the fuel pump can go out as it relies on fuel for both cooling and lubrication. This might not happen the first time, but if running out of gas becomes a habit, it is likely to happen.
Know Your Surroundings
If you do run out of gas, you may just have to hoof it to the nearest gas station for a gallon so you can get your car moving. If you aren’t familiar with where your vehicle stopped, make sure you note landmarks and street names so you can make it back to your car safely. If it’s dark, you can usually tell which way the nearest on or off ramp is by an increase in the lights.
You may have a kind soul that pulls over to offer you assistance. In this situation, if the offer is a ride, make sure you listen to your instincts. If anything about the person seems off, just politely tell them someone is already on the way. You just never know what can happen when you get in the car with a stranger – it’s better to walk than put yourself in a dangerous situation.
Running out of gas is a hassle. Make sure you listen to your vehicle’s warning systems so you don’t have to deal with it. If your fuel gauge isn’t working properly, contact YourMechanic and we can help.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as 4 Essential Things to Know About Running Out of Gas and was authored by Valerie Johnston.