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​I came across this article, fond it interesting, and worth sharing.

Of course, you would never let your tank get so low that the little light popped on warning you that you should refuel, ha ha, but if you did, this chart outlines exactly how much further you can expect to go on what little is left in the tank.

The chart below, put together by YourMechanic (www.yourmechanic.com), lists the 50 best-selling cars in the United States in 2015 and their drive-on-emptry information. For each model, the chart identifies just how much fuel is remaining when the light comes on, and approximately 

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​how many miles remaining the car has before it actually runs out of gas. Good to know if you are a procrastinator!

It's no secret that an automobile can continue to run after the fuel light comes on, but should drivers rely on the extra mileage it allows? Knowing how far a vehicle can drive with low fuel may be reassuring, but the effects of low-fuel driving can be damaging to the car.

The article also explains three points that are worth noting.  

What Happens When You Drive On Empty:

1. The primary concern when driving on empty is the possibility of running out of gas and getting stuck on the road, which is not only a hassle, but also a potentially dangerous situation. You may break down on the freeway, where the surrounding cars are traveling upwards of 70 MPH, or you may break down on a blind turn on the highway, where a vehicle could rear end you.  

Furthermore, driving on empty can also damage your catalytic converter, which may then need repair or replacement. Even the simple act of driving with a low amount of fuel in your tank can damage your fuel pump, as any debris or contamination in the gas (which naturally settles at the bottom of the tank), will be sent through your fuel pump when the tank is nearly empty.

2. You’re not going to ruin your car by driving with the low fuel warning light on, but it’s a harmful practice to do regularly. The distance to empty gauge only offers a rough approximation based on the average mileage that you have attained while driving your vehicle, which means that it may not be very accurate relative to your current driving conditions. For instance, if most of your driving is done on the highway, then your distance to empty meter is probably not very accurate when you’re stuck in traffic. 

3. Exactly how far you can drive on empty depends on both your vehicle, and on your driving habits and conditions. However, you may be surprised to see how few miles you actually can drive once the low fuel warning light comes on. For vehicles with “Not available” listed for the point at which the warning light comes on, the light is triggered based on the distance to empty calculator having the listed number of miles remaining.

Driving on empty is sometimes a necessity, and when you find yourself in that situation, it is important for you to know exactly how many miles you have left. Figuring this out beforehand is a good way to be prepared when the tank gets really low and to avoid a breakdown. 

So, next time that fuel light pops up, just remember not to panic. Instead, refer to this chart, and stop sweating about how you might not make it to the next rest stop. Most cars keep at least two gallons in reserve just in case, so chances are, you'll make it.


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