With gas prices at an all-time high, many people are testing their vehicle’s limits before gassing up again. As a result, more and more people are finding themselves broken down on the side of the road. When you decide to push your gas tank to the limit and discover it has finally run out of fuel, you will need to know what to do next. Citywide Towing Service will walk you through the process and share what to if you run out of gas while on the road.
What to Do when You Run Out of Gas
Your first step when your vehicle runs out of gas is to get to a safe place. Often when you run out of gas you still have momentum and can cost to the side of the road. Do not stop the vehicle when the engine begins to cut out. Quickly turn on your hazard lights as well as your right blinker and get to the side of the road or shoulder. Once you have made it to a safe place, do not get out of the vehicle if you are on a busy street. Stay in your vehicle and consider your options and get help.
How Do I Get Gas if I Run Out?
When you run out of gas you will need to get some fuel to your vehicle. There are a number of options you can consider:
Walk to a Gas Station: As long as you are not on a highway or busy street you can walk to the nearest gas station. However, you will want to have a small gas can or you will need to buy one. In some cases, the gas station will have a gas can you can buy. However, you may need to go to an auto or hardware store.
Contact a Friend or Family Member: If walking to a gas station isn’t the best option, you can always call a friend or family member to bring you gas. Make sure to be clear on what type of gas you need and your location.
Call Roadside Assistance: When you can’t get help from a friend or family member and walking is out of the question, there is roadside assistance services. A number of towing services provide roadside assistance and fuel delivery. Often roadside assistance is the fastest and most reliable way to get fuel to your vehicle. A roadside assistance service can bring you fuel any time of the day or night and can get to your location in a timely manner.
How to Prevent Running Out of Fuel: Preventing a break down due to low fuel will save you time and money. A break down can also lead to major traffic jams and put you and other passengers in a hazardous situation. For this reason it is highly recommended that you never allow your vehicle to drop under ¼ of a tank. Not only is it bad for the gas tank for you to always have low fuel, but you never know when you will get stuck in traffic and find yourself out of fuel. Once you reach ¼ of a tank refuel your vehicle.