4 Essential Things to Know About Running Out of Gas

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.

Pay Attention

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.

Potential Damage

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.

Beware

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.


Next Step

Schedule Check Fuel System

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Check Fuel System. YourMechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7-days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 2,000 cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Check Fuel System reviews

Excellent Rating

(10)

Rating Summary
9
0
0
0
1
9
0
0
0
1

Steven

14 years of experience
425 reviews
Steven
14 years of experience
Chrysler Town & Country V6-3.8L - Check Fuel System - Avondale, Arizona

Terrance

20 years of experience
63 reviews
Terrance
20 years of experience
Ford Expedition V8-5.4L - Check Fuel System - La Vergne, Tennessee
This guy is great and listen very well .

Ruben

17 years of experience
151 reviews
Ruben
17 years of experience
Chevrolet Cobalt L4-2.2L - Check Fuel System - Kannapolis, North Carolina
Ruben was on time and completely professional and caring. Ruben made sure I understood everything that was going on with my car... Going as far as taking pictures of underneath the car to show and explain to me what was happening and why. Although I know NOTHING about cars, Ruben explained what was happening in lay terms to the point that even I actually understood what was going on! Trust me, that takes a lot! I would recommend Your Mechanic to everyone and specifically ask for Ruben Marin. I will never use anyone else from now on.

Shaun

16 years of experience
238 reviews
Shaun
16 years of experience
Ford Bronco V8-5.0L - Check Fuel System - Palo Alto, California
Shaun was great. Nice, knowledgeable, helpful.

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Related articles

Does Gasoline Expire?
Gasoline Gasoline does expire if it is left unused for a long period of time. The problem with gas is its volatility. A volatile substance is prone to separating and vaporizing. This is especially bad if the fuel vapor has...
How to Drive Safely without Mirrors If You Have To
Your Your car has mirrors for a very good reason: you need to see behind you and beside you at all times, or your safety is compromised. You’ll also be a threat to other people on the road. But what...
What Does the Mass Airflow Sensor Do?
How How often does the mass airflow sensor need to be replaced? Mass airflow sensors (MAF) have no expiration date. They are not included on the manufacturer’s scheduled maintenance list of things to replace based on mileage, like spark plugs...

Related questions

On interstate, after 15-20 seconds car loses acceleration

Hello. Thanks for writing in about your 2007 BMW 335xi. It sounds like the thermostat may be sticking. The thermostat needs to be checked and the cooling system needs to be checked to make sure that the coolant is flowing...

What does the engine oil pressure light mean in a 2012 Nissan Rogue?

The engine oil pressure Warning Light is located on your instrument panel. When this light illuminates, your vehicle has a dangerously low amount of engine oil. If the light comes on, pull over as you safely can, and call a...

4 wheel drive will not engage.

Hello. There appears to be three different locations for the control module depending on the chassis. The 4wd control module will either be found behind a kick panel on the passenger side, inside the dash, accessible by opening the glove...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com