It’s not that rare of an occasion to have the fuel warning light come on, while driving. It doesn’t really matter what the reasons are for not filling the tank, maybe you were thinking that the gas you had left would be enough, or didn’t have the time to stop for gas. But when that light comes on, you have a problem, and you should hurry to a gas station, because the gas could run out and leave your car in the middle of the road. The thing is that, when the light flashes, you don’t know how much more driving time you have.
The answer to that question cannot be 100 % accurate, because there are number of factors that influence how much time can you drive before you get out of gas. The model of your car, your driving habits, how big your fuel tank is, are all factors that can make a difference on the amount of time you have left.
Before we get into the specifics of the numbers, we should make it clear that these numbers are just estimates. There are lots of factors that could account for how far your car can go when it’s running low on gas. For example, the type of car you drive, the size of your fuel tank and your general driving style can all make a difference to how much mileage you’re going to get out of that gas.
There was a survey of the most popular cars of 2015 conducted by the British insurance company, LV, on the subject of how far they can go when the warning light lights up. Many people presumed they have another 50 miles when the light flashes, but most of them were wrong. Some models of cars, where very far from this estimation, for example a Vauxhall Astra could go for around 26 miles more, while Vauxhall Corsa didn’t have much better results, having a go for 29 more miles.
There were also other types of cars, with better results, like the Ford Fiesta with a score of 37 miles, or the Volkswagen Polo, making 39 more miles, or the Ford Focus scoring an extra of 40 miles. VW Golf and Audi 3 had the same result of 42 miles before running out of gas. The third place winner on this list, was the Nissan Qashqai, with a score of 43 miles. The second place belonged to the Mini Cooper which made an extra of 45 miles. And at the top of the list, with the best result, was the Mercedes C- Class, making a score of 46 more miles before stopping. There is a great difference between this result, and the one that Vauxhall Astra had.
Having these results in mind, it is probably best to have enough gas for the trip, and not rely much on these extra miles, when the light switches on. Not only for the risk of not making the extra mile, but also, driving with an almost empty fuel tank can cause a number of other problems, like damaging the fuel filter and pump, or damaging the catalytic converter, your fuel pump may run dry. All these problems cost money to repair, and also don’t forget the expenses for the car tow service.
We hope you find this new information useful. Have it in mind next time that warning light start to flicker.