You see the gaslight go on, and you frantically start calculating how far it is to the nearest gas station. What does ‘empty’ really mean?
How far can you go on ‘empty’? It Turns out it’s probably more than you imagine!
According to Your Mechanic, a car repair and maintenance company, driving on nearly empty is not the best idea, as it can damage your car However, when you “drive on empty,” you can rest assured that you have anywhere between 25 – 100+ miles to go!
Here is a chart detailing the number of gallons your car has left in the tank when it triggers the low fuel warning light, and how many miles you can still drive. Of course, the actual numbers may vary based on several variables, such as your car’s condition, roads, speed etc., these numbers are an approximation. The chart is based on the best-selling cars of 2015, so some details may have changed., though it should still be reassuring to know that it’s more than you think.
Keep in mind that there are more things at stake to your car, than the worst-case scenario of your car running of gas completely.
The expert at Your Mechanic says that driving on an empty tank can do damage to your catalytic converter, which may result in the need to repair or replace it. You can also damage your fuel pump, as any debris or contamination in the gas will be sent through the fuel pump when the tank is nearly empty. Why not any other time? These aren’t likely to happen if you do this one time only, but if you do so on a regular basis you will kill your car, guaranteed.
Many newer cars will give you an approximate number of miles left based on the gas level of your tank. However, it’s also worth noting that this is merely an approximation based on your current driving atmosphere. Should you ex. Leave the highway for the city streets, or get stuck in traffic, that number can drop rapidly. If you ask me, I’d say to use that number if you have a full tank. But if you see that you don’t have much gas left, don’t try your luck, find a gas station. Happy driving!