How Many More Miles Can You Go?
The Fuel Light is On… How Far Can you Push it?
Here’s the dilemma. You really shouldn’t be “pushing it” when it comes to running out of gas. Sure modern vehicles are designed in such a way that even if you do run the tank dry, it likely won’t hurt your engine. But it’s not going to be good for it either.
Sometimes, however, you simply can’t stop. Maybe you’re stuck in traffic. Maybe you’re a few miles away from the nearest station. The age old question looms: how far can I go when the fuel light comes on?
The answer: it depends on your vehicle.
Different Makes and Models Go Further
The purpose of the fuel light is simply a warning. It is designed to tell you that you need to get gas pretty soon. The problem, however, is that most people don’t know when “pretty soon” is. Can they make it 50 more miles, or will the vehicle sputter out in 10 more miles?
If you have been driving your vehicle for more than a few miles, you probably know about what your miles per gallon are. Most modern vehicles get at least 20 (for SUV’s and trucks) and some as much as 30 or more (for smaller vehicles). Knowing your MPG’s is half the battle.
Fuel tank indicator lights are designed to turn on with about 2 or 3 gallons left in the tank (more for larger tanks). If you know that your vehicle gets 25 miles per gallon, then you know that you can go about 50 more miles before you run dry. That’s far enough to get to just about any station no matter where you are.
Of course it varies by vehicle. A 2015 Nissan Altima will have 3 gallons left in the tank when the light comes on, and could travel over 100 miles before completely empty. A 2015 Jeep Wrangler, on the other hand, will have about 2.8 gallons left and be able to go only around 50 miles.
Take a look at this handy chart put together by Your Mechanic in 2015 to see where your vehicle falls.
Understand Your Vehicle; Don’t Push the Limits
Knowing how much gas your vehicle takes is the key. You have to fill up all the time, so simply pay attention to how much you have to put in, how far you can go, and how many miles per gallon you get. And then, just fill up when it is convenient and you’re below half a tank. You won’t be pushing it, your fill ups will cost less, and you will never be at risk of running out of gas.
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Here at Big Sky Collision Center our goal is to make sure that you’re driving a safe vehicle. That is why every one of our employees has the opportunity to take leadership training classes. When they are leaders, they take ownership. When they take ownership, they go above and beyond.
If you have been in an accident (maybe you ran out of gas on the highway and were sideswiped?) the give us a call at 406-259-6328 to schedule a time to get your vehicle repaired by the best.