Monday, January 7, 2013
Police tip: Keep gas tanks half full in case of bad weather
Running out of gas can put drivers in danger when standing on the side of the road.
The Richardson Police Department recently shared a crime tip to remind drivers to make sure they are ready for bad traffic or weather by keeping plenty of gas in their vehicles. They suggest they always keep their gas tank at least half full and their vehicle in good repair in expectation of the unexpected.
Foul weather, traffic delays and detours, or simply getting lost can result in unanticipated fuel consumption. A tank of fuel not only allows for better traction on slippery roads, but it can keep the heater running in frigid weather and lights on at night should you run off the road. An empty tank or mechanical break-down can leave you all alone and in dire straits.
Running out of gas can put drivers in danger when standing on the side of the road. All too often we hear news stories of a stranded motorist – or a Good Samaritan – struck by another vehicle. Also, it can be dangerous if drivers have to walk a great distance to the nearest gas station.
So yes, even when it is cold or rainy, go ahead and stop and put gas in your tank to avoid being stuck out. When I first started driving, I was given good advice – not saying I follow it – but to always keep at least a half tank of gas in my car because it runs better.
Do you have a regular schedule of when you fill up, like on Sunday or Monday for the work week commute? Or do you simply wait until the dashboard light is flashing at you -- warning stop and refill or else?
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