Running out of gas while driving is not a rare occurrence. In fact, many drivers admit that driving with their gas tank nearly empty is one of the things they often let happen from time to time. Some drivers say they often do this because they want to find a gas station with cheaper fuel price. Many drivers also blame their faulty gas gauge, while others just let it happen because they have already run out of gas money.

Regardless of what the reason is, most drivers do not know if they can actually arrive at their destination after the warning light turns on. On top of that, there is more at stake when you risk driving with nearly-empty fuel tank – your passengers’ and pedestrians’ safety, and the long-term performance of your vehicle, for example.

So, what can you do during this situation? What are the steps you need to take that will remedy your situation? What procedures can you follow to ensure that you and your car will still be able to reach the next gas station – or at least reach a much safer place far from the middle of the bustling road?

To help you out, here are the key takeaways from the infographic below from iChoose which details a few tips you can implement in case you run out of fuel while driving.

  1. Don’t panic and think straight.
  2. Turn off your air conditioning.
  3. Roll up your windows to reduce wind resistance.
  4. Don’t speed up.
  5. Drive downhill but don’t shift to neutral.
  6. Call your insurance company for assistance.

To learn more about these tips, check out the infographic below.

What to do when you run out of fuel