Good song title for Jackson Browne (Running on Empty) but not a good thing for cars. When it seems that prices are rising every few days, most folks are trying to squeeze every possible mile out of a tankful of gas.
A recent AAA (Automobile Association of America) email warned about the dangers of running near empty – to people AND their vehicles. While some (or none) of these could happen, it seemed timely information worth sharing:
- Being stranded if a possibility if you run out of gas with no filling station around. Worse yet, your car could stall in the middle of a busy roadway.
- Safety might be an issue since functions like power steering and brakes could fail if the engine stops.
- Running a car low on fuel can cause sediment in the bottom of the tank to clog the fuel pump pickup, fuel filter or even the fuel injectors.
- Keeping the motor running while filling up could also stir up sediment and sludge.
- Failing to keep a minimum fuel level could cause the electric fuel pump in the tank to overheat. Replacement costs might top $500 for parts and labor.
This past weekend, newscasters have predicted a possible drop in gas prices over the next few weeks. In our area, the prices shown above have held steady at 3 stations for the past few days, including the weekend. We’re taking a road trip to NC next week and will be posting as we go and will be sure to note gas prices on the way, then fill up anyway.
What’s going on in your part of the world – have prices been holding steady or skyrocketing?