Gas Tank 101

Posted onJanuary 19th, 2016 byFrank

How do you decide when to fill up your gas tank? Whether you front the money to fill your tank full when you find a good deal on gas or you put a small amount of gas to get you through the day, don’t let your gas tank go to empty. Here’s why you should always keep your tank at least ¼ full.

Fuel Gauge

Every year 827,000 drivers ignore their car’s warning light and run out of gas. Your fuel gauge will not tell you how many miles you have until empty. Consider that your vehicle and your driving habits play a role as well. According to experts, your fuel gauge should be considered as an estimate and not an exact measurement.


You risk damage to your car when you drive on empty. When your gas tank is low, this allows the fuel pump motor will suck in air. This creates heat and causes the pump to wear prematurely. You are also risking dirt entering the fuel tank which could block the filter and lead to pricy repairs.

Avoid Getting Stranded

If your car shuts off when you are out of gas, you could be stranded in a deserted area or risk causing an accident on a busy road or highway. Plan ahead to keep you, your passengers, and others on the road safe.


Condensation can form in the empty part of your gas tank. In the wintertime when temperatures are freezing, this condensation can freeze and collect icy blockages in your fuel lines. The last thing you want on a cold morning is an issue starting your car.

Gas Prices

Do you drive on empty in search of the cheapest gas station? This can be a bad habit. You can use online tools or smartphone apps to help you stay up do date with the best gas prices in your area so you don’t cut it so close with your gas tank or wallet.