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What to Do if Your Car Runs Out of Gas

Picture this: you’re driving home from work or school when your vehicle suddenly starts sputtering. After a few quick jerks, pressing on the gas pedal does nothing. It’s only then when you look at your dashboard and notice that bright red gas icon flashing and the needle firmly on the “E” section of your gas meter. You’ve run out of gas and now you’re stranded. 


While it’s never a good idea to get on the road with less than a quarter of a tank of gas in your car, accidents happen. Knowing what to do in the event that you run out of gas can help you avoid the need for collision repair in Bensalem, PA and can even help extend the life of your vehicle. If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having run out of gas, don’t panic; follow these steps instead. 


  • Move your car off to a safe area. As soon as your feel your vehicle start sputtering or jerking erratically, you should focus on coasting to a safe area immediately. Pull into a shoulder or parking space. Do not park your vehicle on any road, as this can eventually leave you with a bill for medical services or collision repair in Levittown, PA in the event that an unsuspecting driver hits your car. 

  • Park and secure your vehicle. Park your vehicle in a safe space and turn on your emergency brake. Turn your hazard lights on, even if you are in an abandoned area. 

  • Call for a gas delivery. If you have AAA or another roadside assistance program, call and tell them that your vehicle has run out of gas. If you don’t have roadside assistance, call a friend or family member and ask them to bring you a small amount of gas in an approved container. If you are not located in a remote area and you have a fuel-safe container in your vehicle, you may want to walk to a nearby gas station. However, make sure to use a map or direction app on your phone to make sure that the gas station isn’t too far of a walk. 

  • Call 311 if necessary. If you are in a remote area and you can’t get a gas delivery, call 311. 311 is the non-emergency police line; officers will assist you in getting you and your car towed to a safe location. 


If you’ve recently been involved in an accident, your vehicle may not be safe to drive. Contact Peruzzi Collision Center by calling 215-375-7929 to schedule an appointment to get back on the road in a vehicle that’s up-to-code.