How many times have we as motorists drifted off fumes in the gas tank thinking to ourselves that
an empty tank will be just enough to get us to the nearest gas station? It happens a lot,
actually, and not always from our desire to push our car, truck, or SUV to its limits.
No matter how vigilant motorists are (and they should be) with regards to fuel in the tank, at
some point there’s the risk of simply running out in the middle of the highway on the
commute home or on a long-distance trip across the Interstate. That’s why fuel delivery is
an essential service for anyone in distress and in need of just a little more juice to get to
where they’re going.
How can roadside assistance help with fuel deliveries?
Emergency roadside assistance providers perform many different services, with fuel delivery being
fairly standard for most companies. If you’ve run out of fuel on the side of the road,
roadside assistance providers can supply you with a jerrycan of fuel, oil, or antifreeze to get
you back on the road safely.
Historically, jerrycans were adapted from German military fuel canisters used in World War II.
Over 19 million jerrycans were sent to US forces fighting in Europe in 1945. Today, old metal
jerrycans can still be used, although the EPA recommends swapping them for newer plastic
canisters under the Gas Can Exchange Program.
Roadside assistance providers will come to your location and supply you with a jerrycan or
container of fuel, which is normally charged as the price of fuel in addition to a service fee.
Simply top up your vehicle and you’re good to go.
What happens if my car runs out of gas?
‘Running On Empty’ was a hit song by Jackson Browne about being exhausted, not to be
taken literally for drifting off fumes to see how far she’ll take you before sputtering
out. Running low on gas is one thing, but expending the gas tank in the middle of the road is
If your car runs out of gas completely, the internal combustion engine won’t have anything
left to work with and you’ll be unable to continue driving. That much should be obvious,
but there are a few reasons why this happens in the first place worthy of consideration:
- Your fuel gauge may be faulty, perhaps showing you that there’s still some gas in the
tank yet in reality there is none left;
- You’re caught in a traffic jam with not enough fuel to get to where you’re
- None of the nearby gas stations are open;
- You neglected to check your fuel gauge before getting on the road.
Insurance coverage for fuel delivery
In most cases, automobile clubs such as AAA or insurance providers include fuel delivery as a
standard under their insurance policies, which means that you can claim for any expenses
incurred. Of course, it depends on your coverage, so check first to ensure that you aren’t
paying out of pocket.
Safety tips for fuel delivery
If you’re waiting on a fuel delivery on the side of the road, bear the following safety
tips in mind:
- Steer your vehicle towards a safe location, normally to your right and on the shoulder or
side of the road.
- Turn on your interior lights and hazard lights and wait inside the vehicle if safe to do so.
- Wait for the fuel to arrive then top up your vehicle safely before getting back on the road
Can running out of gas kill your battery?
It is possible that your battery can die if you run out of gas while the battery is in a weak
state. If the battery is already weak, you may have difficulty restarting it after topping up
with a fuel delivery. Ask the roadside assistance provider to give you a jump start if needed.
Is it bad to run a car on low fuel?
Yes, you should avoid coasting on fumes as this can damage the car’s fuel pump since
contaminants from the gas which have settled on the bottom of the gas tank are then cycled
through the fuel pump.
How much fuel is left when the low fuel light comes on?
It really depends on the car, but generally cars that are low on fuel (the indicator turns on)
have about 2.5 gallons in the tank, which might be enough to get you another 30-60 miles before
completely emptying out.
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