How many miles can I still drive when my car’s fuel light is on?

Motorists will know how to feel while driving and the dreaded red light flashes indicating you are running out of fuel.

Let’s take a look at how many miles you have left before trying your luck on your next ride.


Driving with a low fuel warning light on is a bad idea for your safety, your vehicle and your walletCredit: Getty

How many miles do you have left when the fuel light comes on?

One of the most common problems encountered by recovery teams when assisting motorists on the side of the road is that they run out of fuel.

And it’s easy to do; you join a freeway and notice that the needle is approaching the big “E” and you say to yourself: “I’ll stop at the next gas station”.

Sometimes, however, the next gas station isn’t as close as you need it to be and you find yourself stranded at the side of a busy highway.

With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about your car’s fuel light.

Fuel lights come on when your car is running low on fuel.

If your fuel light starts flashing, your fuel tank is extremely low and could cause problems for you and your car.

When it comes to how many miles you have left in the tank until you get into trouble, every car is different.

This will depend on the fuel consumption of the vehicle, your speed and your location (highway or city streets).

But looking at user-generated data from car owners on the Tank On Empty website, it appears that most popular car models last between 30 and 50 miles after the fuel light comes on.

For example, drivers of a Volkswagen Golf report that their car travels an additional 44 miles once the fuel light comes on.

A BMW 3 series would last around 44 miles once the fuel warning light comes on.

And a Ford Fiesta has about 37 miles of driving after the warning light comes on, according to model drivers.

Is it wrong to drive with the fuel light on?

Driving with a low fuel warning light on is bad for your safety, your vehicle, and your wallet.

If you run out of fuel, your car will break down. This means that you risk serious damage to the engine or another part of the car.

Driving with the low fuel light on means you can’t compare the cheapest gas price as you quickly search for the nearest station.

Better if you run out of gas to take the time to fill up before you run out!

Does every car have a fuel light?

Most modern engines will have a fuel light.

If you don’t know where yours is, take your car to your local garage and ask.

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