Running out of gas can be a frightening thought—especially if you’re in a remote area miles from help. There are some fuel delivery services that might be able to help in some cases, but it’s still best to try and avoid that scenario if at all possible. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to stretch your mileage as far as possible if you’re running low on fuel.
Here are some fuel-conservation tips that might come in handy if you need to stretch that last bit of gas to make it to the next fuel station.
Not only can keeping your eye on fuel efficiency save money in general, but it might just help get your vehicle to the next gas station before you run out of fuel. Here are some fuel efficiency tips for emergencies:
- Keep a steady pace: When you use the gas pedal to speed up and slow down, your vehicle uses more fuel to rev up the engine for those bursts of speed. It’s more efficient to try and maintain a consistent speed as much as possible. Of course, you shouldn’t sacrifice safety just to try and keep a steady pace, so don’t be afraid to step on the brakes or speed up a little more if you need to.
- Gentle acceleration: If you stomp on the gas pedal, you’re going to burn more fuel. This is because the engine is reacting to your inner speed demon’s need to go faster right away. A more efficient approach is to ease into the accelerator, taking a few seconds to slowly increase the pressure on the pedal in order to reach your desired speed. This holds true whether you are driving in the city or on the freeway.
- Look ahead at traffic: Smooth driving leads to good fuel efficiency, and the more you can anticipate your immediate driving needs, the smoother your driving will be. Looking ahead to anticipate traffic patterns is not only a good habit as far as safety is concerned, it will also help keep your vehicle as steady as possible and reduce the need to use more gas than necessary.
- Coast when possible: Part of the reason why anticipating traffic is good for fuel economy is that it will help you coast when possible. If you see traffic slowing far ahead of you, you can let off the accelerator and let the vehicle slow down naturally to keep as smooth a ride as possible.
- Don’t go too fast: With most vehicles, if you drive above a certain speed on the freeway in top gear, the fuel efficiency starts to decline. This number is usually right around the speed limit (or lower if the speed limit is higher than 65 mph). Keep this in mind, and you may be able to squeeze an extra mile or two out of a tank of gas.
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we will end up running out of gas. Should this happen to you, you may want to call for fuel delivery to get you back up and running to make it to the next gas station. If you need fuel delivery or other on-site mechanic services, contact Emergency Response LLC today.