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What To Do If Running Low On Fuel?

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The blog this week is about what to do if you are running low on fuel or if you have run out of fuel. We have all seen the horrendous queues at the petrol stations up and down the country. Or experienced driving around looking for a petrol station that has fuel. Please read our blog to find out what to do if you have run out or are short on fuel. Above all – DO NOT PANIC!

The fuel “shortage” is actually just a delay, caused by a shortage of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers, in getting fuel from refineries and terminals to the filling stations. We definitely have the fuel, it’s just not where we need it to be. Rest assured this really is a temporary situation that has been made worse because of panic buying! Just like last year with the toilet roll saga!  In most cars, the fuel warning light comes on when you get down to between 10 and 15% left in the tank. New cars often tell you they’re empty before they actually are, so you fill up in time and avoid damaging the vehicle. If the warning light starts flashing, you’ve probably got less than 10% left in the tank. It’s not ideal but, again, it’s not a total disaster on a rare occasion. Some old cars have a reserve tank with a little bit of extra fuel in it for emergencies. If you’re unsure, check your handbook or look online. Or even call your local independent garage and ask them. Driving a car with an empty, or nearly empty tank, can cause damage over time. The fuel at the bottom of the tank tends to collect debris and contaminants. If you repeatedly run this through your system, it can eventually damage your fuel filter, pump and engine. In the short-term, totally running out of fuel can lead to the fuel pump running dry and result in some costly repairs. And if you run out of fuel in the middle of the road, you’ll need towing this could cost between £150-£300 depending on where you breakdown.

Top Tips for fuel efficiency -  Maintain a steady pace, within the speed limit, and avoid accelerating where possible • Avoid sudden braking or changes in direction, as they can waste fuel • Stay in the left-hand lane so you can pull onto the hard shoulder if your car dies • Be aware of how the car feels – if it judders and splutters as you accelerate, you’re running dry and need to pull over where it’s safe and legal to do so • Turn off any electronic accessories and unplug anything charging – use the fuel purely to keep your car moving • Check your tyre pressure – as under-inflated tyres can increase the amount fuel required. Happy Safe Motoring Folks!

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