Maintaining petrol levels in your car

By Liberty Insurance Ireland on 9 January 2014

Driving with low petrol levels can damage your engine in the long run. Here is some advice for keeping costs down while keeping the tank full.

Cars inevitably come with costs such as car insurance costs, tax and National Car Test (NCT) and with petrol prices hovering around the 169.9c per litre mark in April, drivers in Ireland could be forgiven for putting off filling the tank. Nonetheless, driving with low petrol levels can lead to high stress levels as you worry about breaking down. It can cause a smell of petrol in your car as the engine searches for fuel, or indeed damage to the engine in the long run. There are some things you can do to avoid the potential inconvenience of running dry.

  • Pencil filling your tank into your diary. Choose a day that suits you best, and on that day go to the cheapest petrol station nearest to you to fill the tank as much as your budget allows.
  • Make buying petrol a priority as soon as the empty fuel light shows. Modern cars will tell you when you’re running out of petrol at around the 80km mark. This is a great warning signal so don’t ignore it. If you leave it until the tank is almost empty, you could end up spending more on petrol by going to the nearest petrol station rather than the cheapest one.
  • In order to make your petrol last longer, carry out some fuel efficient tips such as ensuring your tyres are at the correct pressure, lightening your load in the car, reducing your speed and maintaining your car.
  • It may not always be possible to avoid the inevitable, so be prepared. Carry a petrol can with a nozzle in the event that you must make a trip to the station without your car.
  • If you do feel your car about to chug to a stop, pull into a safe place and put your hazard lights on immediately to let other cars know that you’ve stopped.

High petrol costs are a thorn in the side of drivers at present, but don’t cause yourself extra hassle by allowing your car to run out of petrol.

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