Sometimes even the best plans don't pan out. Like being sure you have enough gas in your tank. Being prepared can help you avoid this problem in the first place. Though knowing what to do if your car runs out of gas can help make a nerve-wracking situation less stressful and safer.
If You Run Out of Gas
Go to a Safe Place.
The first thing is to get out of your car and remain a safe distance from it. A vehicle on the shoulder is a resting target that drivers may not see, especially at night. If your vehicle runs out of gas in the street, cut your hazard lights on for visibility. The lights signal to other motorists that you're stranded.
Next, move your vehicle to safety.
When you feel safe, cautiously get out on the driver's seat and push your vehicle to the shoulder. Grasp the wheel firmly to steer the direction of your car. Once you're in a safe place, put on your emergency brake and hazard lights.
Establish Your Whereabouts
If you're stuck in the middle of nowhere, you're going to have to find out where you are. Navigation apps such as Waze make this simple. If your cell doesn't have a signal, look for road signs or lights, indicating an off-ramp with a gas station.
Call your insurance company's roadside assistance.
Your insurance card should have an 800-number for emergency towing service. You can also call 911. Even a cell with no signal can reach the number.
If you can call a towing service, get to a safe space and do it ASAP. If you're unable to get help, your next option might be to walk. Regardless of the weather, do not remain in your vehicle. Staying outside of the car removes you from the chance of a collision with traffic.
Know Better for Next Time
Don't Trust Your Range
Don't trust your fuel gauge. Even if it says your tank has gas, it can be incorrect. Keep safety and state traffic laws in mind if you're on a fast-moving highway. If possible, keep an efficient speed. Turn off the stereo, AC, and other electrical devices, including cell phone chargers.
Lastly, keep your windows up to lessen wind resistance on your car. If a broken-down vehicle has left you stranded, you don't want a repeat experience. Call us at Buffalo Roadside Assistance if you need gas delivery or a tow truck.
Buffalo Roadside is here for all your road care needs. Read our blog for tips on maintenance and how to stay safe on the road!