Driving on empty can be a bad move

January 9th, 2012 by

Talk to a handful of experienced drivers, and someone will surely tell you that you should fill your car when your gas tank is a quarter full. Wait longer than that, and you could be in for some trouble.

For starters, you risk being able to find a gas station before you completely run out of gas. (If you’ve ever traveled through rural Indiana, then you know that gas stations can be few and far between.)

Another consideration: Wintry weather can cause road conditions to deteriorate quickly. In the event of a roadside emergency, a low tank of gas can force you to turn off your engine right away. Before you know it, you’ll be quite cold!

Finally, letting your car hit “E” can damage your fuel pump. In the end, that can be a pretty costly fix.

If you’re in the habit of letting your car run low on gas, see if you can change your ways. The next time your gas gauge creeps down toward the quarter-tank mark, take a few minutes and fill ‘er up!

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