How Far The Car Can Actually Drive When The Dial Hits Empty

source: Yahoo

We’ve all been there — you’re driving along, minding your own business, when all of a sudden your gas meter reaches the dreaded “empty” sign. You’re miles away from the nearest gas station, and start to panic. Will you make it in time? Will you have to get out and walk to find help? Will this be the start of a cheesy horror movie?

Although being on that empty line doesn’t mean you’re going to run out of gas in a matter of a few minutes, it does mean that you only have a certain distance you can go before you’ll need to fill up again. And that distance is completely different for every make and model of car. The distance you’ll be able to go is also dependent on what type of driving you’re doing (city vs. freeway).

Although this chart doesn’t include every single type of vehicle make and model, it does include the 50 most popular makes and models in the United States. Take a look at the chart, and see if your car is on the list. That way, you’ll know exactly how many miles you can go when that arrow points to empty.

source: Thrillist / YourMechanic

To avoid the unpleasant scenario of running out of gas and becoming stranded, try to always have at least 1/4 tank of gas in your vehicle at all times. Stop-and-go traffic uses more gas, and your heating and air conditioning systems will also use gas. Remember this information, and your daily drives will be less of a stress!