What you should do if your car runs out of gas
Have you ever run out of gas in your car? And we mean completely run out – not coasting into the gas station parking lot on fumes, but literally having to stop on the side of the road because your car just can’t make it any farther. Plenty of us have been there and for many reasons; it could be a broken gas gauge, an overestimation of how far you can get before filling up, or even just plain forgetting to fill your tank. It happens, but that doesn’t make it any less stressful.
So how should you handle this roadside emergency? Check out the tips from the experts at Toyota of Orlando.
Four signs your car is about to run out of gas
First, you have to know the signs that your car is about to run out of gas. Here are the main ones:
- Sputtering noises coming from the engine
- Backfiring noises coming from the tailpipe
- Jerking, surging motions (like sudden acceleration that only lasts a second or two)
- A lack of power or acceleration (when you hit the gas nothing happens)
Now let’s talk about what you should do if your Orlando Toyota runs out of gas and how to safely handle the situation with as little stress as possible.
Toyota of Orlando tips for this roadside emergency
#1: Pull off the road and out of the way of traffic. Your first priority when you notice that your Orlando Toyota is about to run out of gas is to get OFF the road. Find a safe spot to pull over and park; you should look for a flat spot that’s free of sand and mud and gives you enough space to stay far away from traffic, especially if you’re on the highway. If it’s nighttime, try to find a well-lit space as well. Once you’ve parked, pull your emergency brake, turn on your hazard lights, and turn your steering wheel so your wheels are pointed AWAY from the road – the way on the slim chance someone hits you, you won’t be pushed into traffic.
#2: Figure out your exact location. You’ll need to tell whoever is helping you exactly where you are, so figure it out before you make the call. If you’re calling a friend or family member, you can always share your location with them on your smartphone. If you’re calling for roadside assistance, you can use the addresses of local businesses and cross streets to identify your location or if you’re on the highway, exits and mile markers.
#3: Decide who you’re going to call for help. Who will you call to get you out of this pinch? Luckily, you’ve got options. You can call family or a friend to bring you a gas can full of fuel, or you can opt for roadside assistance. If you have AAA they offer fuel delivery and so do companies like Mach1. You may even want to check with your car insurance – they could have an option for free roadside assistance or towing.
Worst case, you can try to walk to the nearest gas station for fuel. However, remember to stick to the sidewalks as often as you can and if you’re on the highway, stay as far away as possible from traffic.
Have questions? Toyota of Orlando has answers. Call us today at (407) 298-4500 or stop by and see us at 3575 Vineland Road. We’re just off I-4 near the Millenia Mall!