Every driver occasionally lets their gas tank get low enough to trigger the low fuel warning light. Even though we all know it’s best to keep your gas tank ¼ full, we still let it run low from time to time. Knowing how far you can drive on an empty gas tank will help keep you from getting stuck on the side of the road.
Before letting your car run on empty again, it’s worth knowing just how many – or how few – miles you can actually drive after the light comes on. It’s also smart to know what else is at stake when you let your gas tank run to near depletion.
Is it dangerous to drive with the low fuel warning light illuminated?
The primary concern when driving on empty is the possibility of running out of fuel and getting stuck on the road, which is not only a hassle, but also a potentially dangerous situation. You may break down on the freeway, where the surrounding cars are traveling upwards of 70 MPH, or you may break down on a blind turn on the highway, where a vehicle could rear end you especially in a place like Lagos-Ibadan expressway, 3rd Mainland et al.
That said, driving on empty can also do damage to your vehicle. If you do run out of gas, you can do damage to your catalytic converter, which may then need to be repaired or replaced as a result. Even the simple act of driving with a low amount of fuel in your tank can damage your fuel pump, as any debris or contamination in the gas (which naturally settles at the bottom of the tank), will be sent through your fuel pump when the tank is nearly empty. You’re not going to ruin your car the first time you drive it with the low fuel warning light on, but it’s a harmful practice to do regularly.
How trustworthy is the distance to empty gauge?
Most modern vehicles have a distance to empty gauge on their instrument cluster, which provides an approximation of how many miles can be driven before the car runs out of gas. Many people prefer to use this feature in lieu of the low fuel warning light, figuring that if the gauge says there are 20 miles left, then they have 20 miles before they run out of gas.
However, this is a dangerous practice, as the distance to empty gauge only offers a rough approximation. This approximation is based on the average mileage that you have attained while driving your vehicle, which means that it may not be very accurately relative to your current driving conditions.
For instance, if most of your driving is done on the highway, then your distance to an empty meter is probably not very accurate when you’re stuck in traffic. So while the gauge provides a fairly accurate approximation when your tank is relatively full, it shouldn’t be used to figure out your exact number of miles remaining in the tank when you’re running on empty.
How far can you drive on empty?
Exactly how far you can drive on empty depends on your vehicle, your driving habits, and road conditions. However, you may be surprised to see how few miles you actually can drive once the low fuel warning light comes on.
Note: For vehicles with “Not available” listed for the point at which the warning light comes on, the light is triggered based on the distance to empty calculator having the listed number of miles remaining.
Airtel Supports Police for Safety of Lagos Road Users
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
As part of its commitment to support the activities of the police in ensuring the coordination and safety of Lagos road users, Airtel Nigeria has donated some traffic booths.
According to the Commissioner of Police for the Lagos Police Command, Mr Abiodun Alabi, the booths will be placed in strategic locations across the state to serve as an inspiration to other organisations to support the police in the discharging of their duties.
At a brief ceremony to hand over the items at the Lagos State Police headquarters, Ikeja, on Thursday, January 19, 2023, Mr Alabi thanked the telecommunications service provider for the gesture, recounting previous support over the years.
Some of which included the donation of phones to all police commissions in Lagos, donation of patrol vehicles, renovation of Zone 2 Command, renovation of Lekki Phase 1 Police post and the provision of CCTV cameras, etc.
“On behalf of the Inspector General of Police, Mr Alkali Baba Usman, and the Lagos State Police Command, I would like to thank Airtel for their support to the Nigeria Police over the years and for this particular donation of traffic booths for our traffic officers through its corporate social responsibility.
“Not everyone or every organisation appreciates what the police does for society; therefore, we are pleased to see that Airtel recognizes and supports our effort to carry out our duties optimally,” he said.
Also speaking, the Director of Corporate Communications at Airtel Nigeria, Mr Femi Adeniran, said, “Over the years, Airtel Nigeria has worked closely with the Lagos Police Command, and we have collaborated on several initiatives with a positive impact towards making Lagos a safer and more secured State to live in and do business.
“We are firm in our resolve to drive the vision of Airtel Africa towards sustainability consistently, and we consistently work to demonstrate this in our deeds through our CSR interventions.
“We are always glad to support the police force in the great work they do daily because we understand that once there is security, people can live and make ends meet without fear, and that is the only way we can say that we have a good society.”
Traffic Gridlock: Lagos Directs Petrol Stations to Close by 4pm
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Petrol stations located along the major roads in Lagos will now operate from 9 am to 4 pm daily, the Lagos State government has directed.
A statement signed by the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Frederic Oladeinde, explained that the move was to curtail the traffic gridlock witnessed around such fuelling stations in the metropolis.
The incessant scarcity of premium motor spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol, in the city and other parts of Nigeria has caused vehicles to queue for the product, causing a clog in vehicular movement.
Most of the queues are seen around petrol stations belonging to major oil marketers because of their pump price. At the moment, most of them sell at the official price of N169 per litre, while other fuelling stations sell between N240 per litre and N260 per litre.
The quest to buy cheaper fuel has forced most motorists to queue for many hours at stations selling the official pump price.
To address traffic caused by the queues and ensure the free flow of vehicular movement in the metropolis, the state government has moved to “regulate the activities of major and independent petroleum marketers operating along major roads and traffic-prone areas within the state,” according to the statement.
Mr Oladeinde said the state government was not happy with the “indiscriminate activities of motorists queuing to buy petroleum products and often impeding the free flow of traffic on some roads.”
He said the government has now decided to ensure that, “petroleum marketers whose filling stations are situated on major highways and areas susceptible to traffic will henceforth be allowed to operate only between the hours of 9 am to 4 pm daily, pending when the fuel shortage crisis subsides.”
The Commissioner added that the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), Transport Operations Compliance Unit (TOCU) and other law enforcement agencies have been charged to ensure a seamless flow of traffic across the State.
Mr Oladeinde urged “all major and independent petroleum marketers operating across the state to comply with the directive to avoid sanctions.”
Lagos Orders Evacuation of Trucks Ahead of Buhari’s Visit
By Adedapo Adesanya
With President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Lagos in sight, the Lagos State Government has warned all truckers’ unions to remove their trucks and vehicles that are parked along the Blue Rail line corridor route.
The President is expected on a four-working day trip to commission some projects in the commercial city, including the Blue Rail Line and Lekki Deep Seaport.
In a statement by the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), it warned its members to adhere to the directive of the government on the evacuation of trucks so as not to have them impounded.
The statement signed by AMATO’s National President, Mr Remi Ogungbemi, said that there was a need to do the needful so it would make it easy for the President to have smooth commissioning, hence the roads must be vacated for ease of vehicular movement within and around the state.
“The Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Transportation hereby directs the removal of all trucks that are parked on Blue Rail Line Corridor from Iganmu down to Okokomaiko or have their trucks impounded by the State Government due to the planned Four (4) days working visit to Lagos State by President Muhammadu Buhari for smooth commissioning of the Lagos Blue Rail Line project.
“Blue Line Rail would be running on electric tracks with Electric Motor Vehicle (EMV); hence, human activities, including parking of trucks around the Blue Rail line corridor, is a threat to life and general safety. Hence, the need to keep off the Blue Rail Corridor.
“That parking of trucks along the Blue Rail Corridor is a threat to the security of the rail infrastructure.
“To this end, all truckers are hereby enjoined to remove their trucks from the Blue Rail Line Corridor from Iganmu to Okokomaiko to prevent their trucks from being towed, as to be forewarned is to be forearmed,” the statement read.
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