Many motorists will at some point panic about refueling while they are on the road if their fuel level is running low.
But running outside while driving can be dangerous – for you and your wallet – and here’s why.
What happens if I run out of fuel while driving?
A bright light on most vehicles indicates that the battery is 10% to 15% left.
Running out of fuel while driving is not only a major inconvenience, it can also be extremely dangerous.
If you get stuck in the middle of the road, you are putting yourself, your passengers and other road users in danger.
It can also cause significant damage to your vehicle and leave you with large repair bills.
This is because your fuel pump can suck dirt from the bottom of the tank, clogging it up and causing it to need replacing.
But beyond the physical and financial dangers, finding yourself without fuel can be punishable by law.
Obstructing a vehicle with low fuel is an offense under the penalty of careless and reckless driving.
Can I be fined?
While running out of fuel is not an offense in itself, motorists can face large fines as a result of it.
Stopping on the road could see you fined £100 and 3 points on your license.
More serious cases, such as causing an accident, could mean you being forced to go to court, where you could face a much heavier fine.
Motorists charged with careless driving face unlimited fines – although these usually don’t exceed £5,000 – and up to nine penalty points.
Another expense can also come in the form of huge payments.
This is because most car insurance policies cannot cover accidents caused by running out of fuel.
Will AA charge you if you run out of fuel?
You may have to pay the cost of a roadside recovery because insurance companies and breakdown providers usually don’t cover it.
However, AA does not charge members if they run out of fuel.
A spokesman said: “Out of gas is no problem.
“We’ll be there in no time, and we’ll give members enough fuel to get them back on the go, for free.
“If a member is in an accident, we get them back on the road, assist them through a claim and even offer free car rental.”
The RAC will also help if you run out of fuel, but whether you need to pay for this will depend on your breakdown coverage.
“We have little sympathy for motorists who run out of fuel on the highways,” said Neil Greig, Director of Research and Policy at IAM RoadSmart.
“There’s no reason to hit the highway with low fuel or if you know there’s something wrong with your car.
“The incident puts you and your passengers at very high risk – many fatal crashes on the highway involve a stationary vehicle.
“The hard shoulder, where it exists, is a very dangerous place for HGVs who often swerve across the straight white line.
“If you have to be rescued you are also putting the recovery operator at risk and if you don’t have a crash cover you could end up paying several hundred pounds for emergency fuel or towing to safety. .
“The government can help by reducing fuel prices in motorway service areas but it is ultimately the personal responsibility of motorists to ensure their vehicle is suitable for speed driving. high on our premium network.”
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