Should You Drive With Under a Quarter of a Tank of Fuel?

Many people around the country are driving around with a fuel tank which is under a quarter full.  Even though this triggers a warning light to appear on your dashboard, you are still playing a dangerous game when it comes to the health of your car.

According to a survey carried out by a car insurance company, the Daily Mail has reported that around 827,000 people ignore the warning light which appears when fuel reserves are getting low, with many breaking down as a result.

What Did the Survey Find?

The survey discovered that a quarter of drivers that they contacted believed that they could get at least another 40 miles out of their car when the light began to show.

An even more shocking two million drivers admitted to continuing to drive with the warning light on almost permanently.

Men have been targeted as the biggest culprits of ignoring the light, with many believing that the car can still travel another 32 miles, whereas women appear to be more cautious and suspect the car will break down after 24 miles.

What Are the Risks of Running Out of Fuel?

Driving until your fuel tank is dry is quite a serious matter. Not only are you risking serious damage to your car, but you are also putting yourself at risk of harm.

The first thing to note is that fuel gauges aren’t very precise. They use a float system to measure how much fuel is in a tank, just like the system used in a toilet cistern.

Because of this, you will only get a relatively accurate reading while your car is on a completely flat surface, and explains why your fuel gauge may differ if your car is driving on an angled surface, such as a hill.

With this in mind, it’s quite easy to see how it can be difficult to know exactly how much fuel you have left.

It’s also worth noting that different car models can travel different distances on the remaining fuel when the fuel warning light appears.

So what damage can be caused by exhausting your fuel? The most obvious is that it will damage the engine system of the car. Many parts within the engine can become damaged when drawing in air rather than the smooth liquid of fuel.

Diesel engines are more likely to suffer from lasting damage after having no fuel than petrol engines, but we advise not to become complacent if you own a petrol car.

The build up of air in any engine is asking for trouble and even though you may put fuel in your tank after attempting to start it with no fuel available, the air that has got into the engine may stop the fuel from reaching it.

You also risk clogging up essential pumps and filters by running your vehicle on low fuel supplies; there is more sediment present in the fuel the further down the tank you get.

Fuel is an important aspect of the running of a car, so it’s important that you ensure that you are filling your tank up regularly to avoid seeing the warning light appear.

On top of that, it’s also incredibly important that you put the correct fuel in your car. If you have found yourself putting diesel in a petrol car, don’t worry! Here at Wrong Fuel, we can help you out. Call our team on 0800 634 9827 and we will see what we can do for you.