When that gas gage reads empty on your car, you might get into a panic on how far you can go until you run out of guess. Hopefully, this piece of information helps.

You're driving down the highway, jamming to some music, when all of a sudden you hear the beep. You look down at your dash and see that your low fuel light just came on. At that time, you start to wonder how far you can drive before your vehicle runs out of gas. It's happened to us all. I know people who drive with that light on more times than they probably should. However, do you know exactly how far you can go before you run out of gas? After reading this article, you should have a better idea.

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Running on Empty?

The last thing you want is to run out of gas on a busy highway or interstate. Obviously, you always want to make sure that you have plenty of gas in your vehicle to get to where you're going, but we all know that you're going to have those "low fuel light" moments. You might be tempted to go by the miles-to-empty display that newer vehicles have equipped on the dash. However, the car repair website, YourMechanic says that you can't always trust that number alone. say you can't rely on that number alone because it is based on your average gas mileage over time, but you're not always going to be in average driving conditions.


According to a recent Reader's Digest piece, the size, make, and model of your vehicle also plays a big factor in whether or not you are going to be running out of gas anytime soon once your gage is on "E".

There’s not a standard number of miles you can drive when the gas light comes on, says automotive electrician and road safety expert Robert Muñoz. “Typically, it will light up when the tank is below 10% to 15% of its capacity.” In general, after the gas light comes on, Muñoz says it’s safe to drive about 20 to 30 miles in a smaller vehicle or up to 50 miles in a larger vehicle.

If only there was a fancy chart that would help you determine how far you can actually drive before you run out of gas...


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