When you were a teenager and just learning how to drive, more than likely your dad or grandfather gave you a lecture on keeping your gas tank full. It turns out that they were right, but did they tell you what could happen to your vehicle if you failed to do so? Let’s talk about why you should keep your gas tank full.
Why You Should Keep Your Gas Tank Full
Many years have probably flown by since then, so ask yourself how well you are following their advice today? Chances are, you may have neglected their lecture time and need a reminder of why it’s so important to avoid driving while your vehicle is near empty.
There are actually several reasons why you shouldn’t allow your car to always be running on fumes. Here’s more on why you should keep your gas tank full.
Empty Space Is Hard on Your Fuel Tank
If I were to ask you to go out and start your car, would your gas tank be more than half full, or are you notorious for allowing the orange needle to always be resting on the letter E? You may not think too much of it, but driving with a near-empty gas tank may be causing more damage and harm to your vehicle than you may know.
You may think that empty space in a gas tank is just empty space, but it’s not. That empty space is filled with air, which contains water vapor, and can become condensation on the walls of your fuel tank. Condensation is bad news on gas tanks for a number of reasons.
It can cause rust and corrosion to form on vehicles that have metal fuel tanks, as well as allowing water to mix with the gasoline, which can keep your vehicle from running properly. In case you missed this post How To Make Your Own Emergency Car Kit
An Empty Tank Causes Costly Mechanical Issues
If you’re a habitual offender of constantly driving with your gas tank empty, you’re creating a number of other mechanical issues besides just with your gas tank. When there’s not enough gas in your vehicle, your fuel pump is likely sucking in air, allowing it to overheat and causing wear to the pump. This can be very costly for parts and labor if it were to go out. 5-Gallon Gas Tank
Your vehicle’s fuel filter is another component that may become clogged and not work properly when there’s not enough fuel. That’s because there are sentiment and gunk at the bottom of your gas tank, and it’s more likely to find its way into your fuel injector because the filter can’t handle it all.
This is more common in older vehicles that have metal tanks instead of the plastic tanks that are more common today.
Besides all of these issues, running out of gas can cause havoc to your engine in a number of ways as well. Having to replace an engine is far more costly than keeping a few extra bucks of gas in the tank. Just keeping your gas tank near full will help you save a bunch of money on costly repairs later on down the road.
This is Especially Important During the Winter
During the winter months, it’s crucial to keep your gas tank at least half full when the temperatures are dipping around or below freezing. This is especially true for older vehicles that may not have sealed fuel injection systems, and the cold can cause the fuel lines to freeze.
This may prevent your vehicle from starting, or possibly causing it to stall. Even if you own a newer vehicle, it’s a good idea to keep your gas tank at least half full, just in case.
Better Gas Mileage
You may have always been under the impression that the less fuel that you have in your gas tank means less weight, thus better gas mileage, but that’s not necessarily the case. Your vehicle’s fuel efficiency may be even worse because of the air that’s caught in your fuel tank, which can evaporate your fuel at a quicker rate. The weight of the gas in your fuel tank will have very little to do with your vehicle’s fuel economy.
A Full Tank Keeps You On Time
Have you ever been left stranded in the middle of nowhere because you ran out of gas? Or do you sometimes find yourself in a frenzy in the morning while you’re trying to make it to work on time, only to discover you have no choice other than stopping at the gas pump for a quick $5 worth of gas? (I’d be lying if I said this has never been me.) These scenarios can cause you to be late and both could easily be avoided.
Instead of always waiting to fill your gas tank when it’s crunch time, make it a habit of filling up on the gas the night before when you’re heading home from work. Even if you’re still at around half full, if you notice a cheap price, make a pitstop. Not only does this keep the boss happy, but your car and pocketbook will appreciate it too.
Do It For Your Safety
Another obvious reason to keep your gas tank full is to maintain safety while you’re out on the road. If you’re driving on the highway at a higher speed and your car shuts off, so will your power steering along with your power brakes, and that could be very dangerous, or even deadly. There is also the issue of pulling to the side of the road, possibly in heavy traffic, having to hike to the local gas station, and dodging other drivers while you walk on the roadside.
There’s also the unfortunate possibility of being stranded in very hot or cold conditions without heat or air conditioning, which could also be dangerous. For your own safety, don’t allow the needle to flirt with the letter E.
Instead of allowing any extra and unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle, or the possibility of getting stranded along the highway, make the better decision to always keep your fuel tank filled with plenty of gas. It’s best not to allow your gas gauge to go below the 1/4 mark, and no less than the 1/2 mark during the winter. You’ll be doing both your wallet and your vehicle a favor.
We have all learned a lot during our lives about being prepared in a lot of different situations, so being prepared is a way of life for us. We must keep prepping, we can get through anything because we are survivors. May God bless this world, Linda
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