Cars – when to fill up gas tank


Life Notes for me and those who drive cars

Specific issue: when to fill up gas tank

Today, at 550 am, I saw a yellow icon on my car dashboard signifying that I should fill up my gas tank though the level of fullness or emptiness of the gas tank is still 2 lines above the lowest line.

I was trying to decide where to fill up the gas tank – nearest gasoline station, which is in Kamagong, Makati or at UN Avenue, Ermita, Manila, the two gasoline stations where I usually go for gas.  I considered aside from the nearness of the gasoline station, how fast the service (filling up the gas tank, checking the water and oil levels and putting air in my wheels) will be (because I have to reach the hospital in 20 minutes).  At this time,  I decided on Kamagong, Makati as I didn’t want to be caught in an emergency situation where I ran out of gas.  I was fortunate the gasoline station was not busy with customer and I had time to have my water and oil levels checked at least.

In my 50 years of driving cars, there was only one occasion in which I ran out of gas in the middle of the road and in which I had to look for a gas container and a tube to channel the gas into the gas tank and I had to take a public transportation to go to the nearest gas station to buy gas.  This was probably in my early years of driving.  Because of this bad experience, I have been cautious  ever since in ensuring that I do not ran of gas in the middle of the road.

I had a Lancer before in which the gas gauge was defective.  I would fill up full-tank, list down on a small notebook the date I filled up my gas tank, and then refill the gas tank after every 6 to 7 days (full-tank) to ensure that I would not run out of gas.  Fortunately, for the more than 20 years that I had been using the Lancer with defective gas gauge (before I disposed of the car in 2018), I did not encounter a situation in which I ran out gas in the middle of the road.

My advice is to prevent the emergency situation of running out of gas in the middle of a road trip by constantly monitoring the gas gauge.   If the yellow warning appears, fill up the gas tank as soon as possible.  It is a hassle to look for gas in the middle of a road trip when you run out of gas.

One bad experience is enough.  It teaches me this lesson on emergency prevention.




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