How many miles do you have left when your gas light comes on?
There are few things more stressful than that moment when your gas light comes on.
It's a feeling that hits with a sense of urgency — no matter what you're doing, now you have to stop and look for a gas station — but it also comes with some mystery: How many miles can you really go when your car is on empty?
Of course, there's no one answer to that question. Your car's range on empty can vary pretty dramatically based on the make, the model and the year it was manufactured.
According to the chart, you could have anywhere between 25 and 114 miles to go when that low fuel light comes on. And some brands are seemingly more conservative than others: For example, Hyundais tend to warn drivers with just 30 to 40 miles left, while Nissan vehicles often topped the 100-mile mark.
The list is by no means comprehensive, and Your Mechanic also warns that mileage can vary based on how you drive and where you're driving. Still, it's a helpful tool for managing the stress next time that warning comes on in the car.
If you do happen to run out of gas, though, it's worth it to always be prepared. Keeping a portable, emergency gas can in your car is an easy way to make sure you never get stranded on the road.
It's also a good idea to keep a car toolkit in your vehicle at all times. These kits come with everything from wrenches and tire gauges to electric tape and miniature flashlights — and can cost less than $20.
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