Stranded without fuel? It happens to thousands

<b> RUNNING LOW? </b> Nearly 900 000 drivers are left stranded each year because they ignore their fuel warning light.<i>Image: iStock</i>
<b> RUNNING LOW? </b> Nearly 900 000 drivers are left stranded each year because they ignore their fuel warning light.<i>Image: iStock</i>

London, England - How you ever been left stranded on the road due to an empty fuel tank? UK insurance firm, LV Equals, reveals that nearly 900 000 road users are left stranded on the road each year.

The Daily Mail reports that 872 000 Britons ignore the fuel warning light in their vehicles.

Data from the insurance firm showed that drivers were overconfident that they could reach their destinations despite the reserve light activating.

Drivers thought they could cover close to 65km but only 50% of respondents actually achieved that distance.

What makes drivers confident they can reach their destinations? It turns out, the indicated range on your vehicles on-board computer might not provide an accurate estimate of kilometres you can travel.

The report noted that "most drivers in Britain were more worried about traffic jams, torrential rain or getting lost, than running out of fuel".


The fuel-tank level is measured by a float that serves as an estimate. The height of the float is measured by a gauge either electronically or through the use of metallic strips and coils.

Follow Arrive Alive's fuel-saving tips:

  • In South Africa, given our horrendous crime rate, running out of fuel outside of an urban area can be extremely dangerous.

  • Driving with low-fuel levels can damage your vehicle, leading to expensive repairs.

  • According to South African law, a driver can be fined for obstructing traffic if their vehicle breaks down without fuel on a highway.

  • Don't ignore your fuel warning light. Be diligent and top-up before heading out on the road.  

 • Slowing down - Decreasing your speed and driving smoothly can significantly reduce your fuel consumption.

  • Empty your boot - the extra weight of unnecessary items requires more power (read: fuel) from your engine.

  • Ensuring that your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure can help to maintain fuel economy.

Whether it's maintaining half a tank or driving until the reserve light switches on, Wheels24 would like to know what your refueling habits are? Email us and we'll publish your experiences.

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