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How Many Miles Can I Drive After I Hit Empty?
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2021-08-03
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How Far Can You Drive Your Car on Empty? 

We have probably all experienced pushing off getting more fuel until the next day. However, sometimes this procrastination can lead to you hitting empty while on the road. If you ever find yourself hitting empty and not knowing how much time you have left until you fully run out of gas, you’ve come to the right place. Today, Green Auto Plus, located in Brockton, MA, will be discussing how far you can drive your car on empty. Keep reading to find out if you can make it to the gas station and bring your tank to full.

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What is the common mileage you have left before the tank is truly empty?

illustration of gas tank on empty

If your car hits empty while on the road, first things first, don’t panic. On average, most cars have about 2.5 gallons left in the tank once that empty light comes on. This comes out to about 30 to 60 miles until you are truly empty. If you have a newer vehicle, you most likely have an indicator that shows the exact mileage until empty. However, it’s good to know that this number may not be accurate due to your driving conditions. If most of your driving is done on the highway, the distance to empty may not be accurate when you are stopped by traffic. This means that even though your gauge may say that you have 30 miles left, it is good practice to assume that it is actually less than that to avoid getting stranded.

If you are usually someone who fills up when the gas tank hits the ¼ full mark, you might be wondering if it’s safe to drive on empty. While it may not be avoidable in some situations, driving on empty should be avoided as much as possible. Driving on empty can be dangerous for two different reasons. You might break down in a dangerous area like a busy highway or in the middle of a desert. Driving on empty can also lead to damage to your catalytic converter and your fuel pump. If these are damaged, they will need to be repaired or replaced.

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Find more automotive tips on Green Auto Plus

If you’re still trying to figure out everything about owning, driving, and maintaining a car, keep following the Green Auto Plus blog. We have covered topics like checking tire tread depth, figuring out why your brakes are squeaking, and what you need to buy a pre-owned car. You can also reach out to our highly knowledgeable staff to ask any questions that you may have.

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