What to Do When You Run Out of Gas

Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated May 15, 2012)

Have you ever run out of gas on the road before? For some reason every driver will go through this experience at least once in their lives. In fact, it happens so often that many car insurance, driving clubs, and vehicle dealerships offer roadside assistance programs for exactly this kind of situation. However, if you have never gone through this scenario, it is entirely all too easy to overreact. To keep that from happening, simply follow these easy guidelines and everything will be all right.

  • Don't panic. When you first realize that you are out of gas, it is all to easy to overreact and begin to panic. Instead of allowing that to happen, you need to keep yourself under control. The only thing that panicking allows you to do is make rash choices and get into situations that don't do anyone any good. Take a deep breath, and carefully think about what your next few steps are going to be before you make any plans.
  • Move the car. If your car ran out of gas while you were driving on the highway or even the street, then chances are you were likely able to get it off to the side of the road. However, if you weren't, then you need to move it out of the way of traffic as soon as you possibly can. This will help protect not only you and your car, but also anyone else that happens to come along. You really don't want to cause a traffic accident, do you?
  • Call for help. After you have moved your vehicle off to the side of the road, you need to call for some help. The easiest way to do this is by taking out your cell phone and calling a friend, family member, or if you happen to have one, your roadside assistance program. If you don't have a cell phone, then you may need to walk to the nearest pay phone.
  • Make a sign. While it would be nice to think that someone will simply stop and help you, chances are that they won't if you are sitting in your car. For some reason many people think that those sitting in a car on the side of the road is just fine. If you would like to get a little help, then you need to make a sign that says what the problem is. For example, simply writing down "Help! Out of Gas!" can work wonders.
  • Walk to the nearest town or gas station. If all else fails you will need to walk to the nearest town or gas station to get some replacement gas. Before you do this make sure that you know which direction to walk in, and that you have some comfortable shoes. Take along some water and something to block out the sun if you can. In addition, when you leave make sure that you mark the time and direction that you traveled on your sign so that those who come and find your car will know which way you went.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...


Home Theater Design

You don't need to have a degree in home theater design in order to design your own home theater. As long as you ...

Discover More

Common Kitchen Mistakes

Everyone will make a mistake in the kitchen at some point in their lives. The trick is to learn how to deal with that ...

Discover More

Dealing With Butter Stains

Butter is one of the more commonly used ingredients in cooking, and as such has a tendency to create a lot of stains. ...

Discover More
More Car Tips

Do Seatbelts Save Lives?

For many people it seems like something of a no-brainer, but have you ever really thought about whether seatbelts really ...

Discover More

Involved In an Auto Accident? Here's What to Do.

Auto accidents can be, and are, one of the most stressful situations that anyone can find themselves faced with. Even if ...

Discover More

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is one more than 0?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)