Running out of gas is one of those things that we all hope as drivers we’re never going to do. But, no driver is perfect. There comes a time where drivers decide to push it to the next gas station on a road trip, leave home in a rush only to discover the last driver left the tank low, or in some cases, even find that the gas gauge was deceiving. The gas light is never a welcome sign as no matter what the reason.

So what do you do when the unthinkable happens and you find yourself stranded on the side of the road after running out of gas? Don’t bang your head on the steering wheel in frustration…follow these steps instead.

  1. Make sure your car is in a safe place – hopefully as you felt your vehicle losing gas, you were able to pull to the side of the road. If not, you need to make sure you and your vehicle are both safe. Make sure your vehicle is visible by turning on your hazard signal. If it’s not at the side of the road and you’re unable to push it  over then get yourself out of the vehicle so you’re not at risk.
  2. Call in help to bring you gas – Murphy’s Law pretty much makes it certain that if you run out of gas, it won’t happen in front of a gas station, so you’ll need to call for backup. If you’ve got an indebted friend or family member nearby that can get to you quickly then send them to the gas station to fill up a portable gas canister. Or use CarHelp’s local tow truck listings so someone can get you gas fast. You can always call 1-800-Carhelp to find the nearest helpful towing service.
  3. Always know if your vehicle come with its own roadside assistance plan. Sometimes,   the gas you receive to get you going again is included. Believe it or not, it’s been reported in places like autoblog.com that people intentionally run out of gas to get a top up for free. If you don’t have a phone and there’s no one nearby who does, follow tip #4 instead.
  4. Get your walking shoes on – if you’re out of gas in the middle of nowhere without a cell phone, you’ve got no choice but to start walking to the closest gas station or somewhere with a phone to call for help. If a gas station is the closest option, purchase a proper gas canister and fill it up at the gas pump. Trek back to your car and fill ‘er up the old fashioned way.

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