Maybe you are like many drivers who put small increments of gasoline into their tanks, for example, ten dollars here, ten dollars there. Alternatively, you may be the type to fill up the tank full when you visit the gas station. While filling habits may vary, it is actually quite important to never let your gas tank fall below ¼ in the winter.
Don’t Ignore the Warning Light
Every year 827,000 drivers ignore their car’s warning light and run out of gas. How many miles will your car take you once the warning comes on? Please note that your fuel gauge isn’t always accurate. According to experts, your fuel gauge should be considered as an estimate and not an exact measurement.
Driving with the warning light on and low amount of gas in the tank can actually damage your car. When there is a low amount of gas, the fuel pump motor will suck in air. This creates heat and causes the pump to wear prematurely. In addition, if the dirt gets into the fuel tank, the filter can be blocked leading to pricy repairs.
Keep your tank full to avoid getting stranded in a deserted area. You could be at serious risk if your car suddenly stops running on a highway or the middle of the street. With many cars, the airbags will not deploy when the car is turned off.
Condensation can form in the empty part of your gas tank. In the wintertime when temperatures are freezing, this condensation can freeze and collect icy blockages in your fuel lines. The last thing you want on a cold morning is an issue starting your car.
It can be more costly to keep your tank full, but we advise you not to get in the habit of searching for the cheapest gas station while your gas warning light is on. Rather plan your routes and use smartphone apps and online tools to help you find the cheapest gas near you.