Due to higher gas prices, many drivers are taking more risks with their cars as far as running the gas down to empty before refilling. But many don’t realize the strain that running out of gas could cause for a car and driver.
You’re driving along, and your gas meter is beneath the ‘E’ line. “Well, the light didn’t come on yet,” you say to yourself. “I probably have another ten miles to go.”
Riding on ‘E’ is a game that too many of us play with our cars, and if we lose we can be creating even more problems for ourselves and our cars in the future. For one, if you run out of gas too much, it can create a mechanical strain on your car. Some car experts will tell you that running out of gas can cause problems for your fuel injection system. Every time you run out of gas, a gum is created that can eventually cause interference with the fuel delivery.
Anxiety While Driving
The second problem is that it can be a mental strain to you, and possibly be a safety risk while you are driving. The anxiety of driving with the fear of running out of gas in the back of your mind every day can be a strain on your body and mind. Wouldn’t it just be easier to ‘fill ‘er up’ and think about it once or twice a week? Also, when you are constantly checking your gas meter while driving, that’s less time you have your eyes and mind on the road.
Let’s not forget the cost of a road service or a long walk to the nearest gas station if your car shuts down on you. It is not only inconvenient but also dangerous if you get stuck on a highway or busy intersection. When you have to plop down $12 for a three-gallon gas container on top of the $8 to fill it up, you’ll wish you would have just put $20 in your tank in the first place.
So to the ‘nickel and dimers,’ the risk takers, and the financially strapped, maybe after reading this, the next time you make that stop at the gas station you’ll save up enough to make the full tank investment. Take it from me, a former ‘nickel and dimer’, it will save you a lot of trouble, money, and legwork.