What To Do If Your Car Runs Out of Gas While You’re Driving

If you’ve ever run out of gas on the road, you know firsthand how easy it can be to panic. Knowing what to do if your vehicle runs out of gas can mean the difference between getting home safely and a major accident. While you should always remember to drive with at least a quarter of a tank of gas in your vehicle, here’s what to do if you find yourself low on fuel while on the road.

  • Get to safety. As soon as you feel your gas pedal failing you, start working to get out of the middle of the road. If you’re on a highway, coast toward the nearest shoulder. If you’re in a more rural area, look for an open space away from the road. Park your car as soon as it’s safe.
  • Turn on your blinkers. Your car’s blinkers will still work even if your gas tank is empty. Immediately turn on your blinkers to alert other drivers that you’re stopped.
  • Call for help. If you have roadside assistance access (like a AAA membership), call for help and tell them you ran out of gas. If not, call a friend or family member and ask them to bring a small amount of gas in an approved, fireproof container. If you can’t get ahold of anyone, check your phone’s GPS and see if you’re within walking distance of a gas station. If you aren’t, call the Philadelphia non-emergency police line at 215-686-8477. An officer will assist you in getting fuel or a ride home.

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