Have you ever tried the push the limits of your gas tank and attempt to make it through that one last stretch even though your car begins dinging for you to pull over and refuel? Most of us have. It’s safe to say that the majority of us have made it safely to a gas station, but there are those unlucky few who have misjudged the amount of remaining fuel and have ended up stranded on the side of the road victim to an empty fuel tank.
Follow These Steps
If that ever happens to you, there are several steps that you can follow to quickly regain control of the situation.
The first thing that you should do is make sure that your vehicle is pulled off to a safe area. The last thing that you want to do is have you car die in the middle of the road and for the situation to become dangerous. So, if you begin to feel as if you might run out of gas, turn on your hazards, pull into the furthest right lane, and be prepared to exit onto the shoulder if you car starts to sputter and die.
The next step is to call for help. You can call your friends or family, but you can also reach out to your auto insurance company and see if they can arrange a tow truck to come get you (this should be used as a last resort). You can also call 9.1.1. or Mach1 Roadside Assistance. Running out of gas is not the end of the world. In fact, the situation usually resolves itself fairly quickly. So, remain patient and help will eventually come.
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However, if you do not have access to a phone, you can also flag down assistance. This is obviously the most dangerous of the options, but there are good people out there who will go out of their way to help. Just make sure that you are visible and remain cautious the entire time.
- Pullover to the right side of the road. Make sure that your hazards are on.
- Figure out your location if you are in an unfamiliar place.
- Make calls to friends, family, 9.1.1., Mach1, or your car insurance company.
- Flag down a passerby if you have no access to technology.
- Safely walk to the nearest gas station if all else fails.
The best thing you can do is avoid this entire scenario by making sure that you have more than enough gas in the tank at all times.