5 Tips on How to Drive When Car Has Low Fuel
This is a situation that all of us have faced one time or the other and this has worried us all to no ends. And why shouldn’t it? Who would want to be stuck in a situation where they have to either wait or push the car to the petrol pump for refilling the car.
Just as the car’s petrol tank meter starts pushing towards E, and we check maps to find that there is no petrol pump in the vicinity, anxiety starts setting in about reaching the destination or the petrol pump at the earnest.
However, a lot of cars are now equipped with range indicators to avoid this range anxiety and that has helped a lot of people avoid situations like these. However, we all understand how it feels to have a long way to go and no way to refuel in between.
Here are a few tips that’ll help you save fuel in the conditions when you really need to!
Avoid Driving Aggressively or Recklessly
When you drive aggressively, the car tends to lose a lot of precious fuel. This is because of the constant braking and accelerating rapidly for gaining the momentum on the road or to gain more speed. The car’s fuel consumption increases if the vehicle is allowed to drift at low speeds and then rapidly accelerated with a heavy foot. This not only causes you to lose fuel but also has a terrible effect on the car’s engine as well as other parts.
It stems from a sudden increase in load on the car, which saps a lot of fuel in return. At times when the car’s fuel is already low, it may not be a right idea to do something that rapidly saps the fuel.
Instead, keep the foot steady and in one place so that petrol consumption is nothing extraordinary. Try slowing the car when going uphill, and then work on gaining speed by cruising down for further increase in efficiency.
Shift Wisely(Change Gears Wisely)
A low gear along with high speeds causes the RPM to go haywire and the car’s exhaust to give out a sound like in racing cars, but this combination is a straightaway method of straining the car’s engine.
If extended beyond a point, it can even lead to the car’s engine being totaled. The strain on the engine is detrimental when the fuel is already low as the engine ends up using more fuel.
Instead, shift gears in a proper manner at the proper speeds that’ll help save fuel and also help keep the car in a better shape
This takes us back to what was mentioned in the first point. Tailgating someone isn’t just wrong in one way, rather it causes a lot of trouble even when the fuel isn’t low.
People who tailgate are at an increased risk of being hit, from either front or rear. This is because if the person in front brakes, due to the absence of a proper gap, it is difficult to brake. Just what was mentioned in the first point as the person will have to accelerate more to regain the speed that they lost.
This process puts both the drivers at risk due to the stubbornness of just one person.
And when low on fuel, why try something that we already know has an effect on the fuel getting decreased faster.
Avoid Running the Engine When Stuck in Traffic
If you are low on fuel and stuck in traffic that doesn’t seem to have any way out, it is better to turn the car off. It may not sound beneficial if the car is idle for a period of more than a minute, but overall it benefits, both the fuel consumption and environment. Turn off the car and wait for the traffic to move again and then turn it back on again.
This is because the mission at the point is to save fuel.
Obey the Given Speed Limit
Don’t over speed thinking that it allows you to reach the petrol pump faster. The car should cruise normally since the car starts to consume more fuel when it reaches higher speeds and requires more gas for reaching the same high speed after a person brakes.
How you make use of the accelerator and the brake is what makes the situation for you.
There are a lot of tips that can be used, but the important part is to avoid driving over long secluded distances when the tank has fuel of just 1/4 the tank.
Also, when driving on almost empty, all the dirt present in the fuel tank at the bottom of the tank gets sucked in the car, which causes, even more, maintenance problems.