How Far Can You Drive Your Vehicle on Empty?

We've all been there - driving to a destination when you look down to your dashboard and see that your gas is on empty. You're faced with a dilemma, do you find a gas station immediately, or do you think you can make it to your destination? In turn comes the age old question, how far can you drive your vehicle while it is on an empty tank of gas?

Many newer cars will actually let know you how many miles you have left. This is helpful, but not always 100% accurate. If your gas light is on, we recommend filling your tank as soon as you can. You never want to get stranded with no gas, especially when driving. 

Driving with low fuel can actually cause damage to your vehicle. It can damage the fuel pump and cause problems with the catalytic converter. While driving with the gas tank light on once in a while is fine, doing this regularly can cause damage over time. 

When the low fuel warning light is triggered, the amount of mileage your vehicle has until it completely stops depends on the make and model of your car. The range can be anywhere between 30-100 miles. However, to save yourself the trouble of having to deal with a breakdown, we recommend just getting to a gas station and filling your tank to avoid the stress that comes with being stranded because of no gas. 

If your vehicle is due for a maintenance item or needs a service performed, bring your vehicle into Complete Car Care Encintas for friendly assistance or give us a call today!

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