How Far You Can Actually Drive After Your Gas Tank Reads Empty

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There are two kinds of people in the world: people who get gas when the gauge drops below half a tank, and people who wait for their gas light to come on, drive a while longer, and then stop to fill up at the last minute.

As someone who falls into the latter category, I’ve long argued that the light is just a warning, and if you’ve got 20 or 30 miles left after it lights up, why hurry?


But am I right? I don’t know about you, but I’m dying to find out.

Well, lucky for me (and everyone else who likes to push the needle all the way past E, auto repair service YourMechanic has put together a handy chart that will let you know – based on the make and model of your car – how far you can go after your light comes on.

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You’ll definitely want to check, too, because it ranges from over 100 miles (the Chrysler 200) to less than 30 in a Chevy Silverado.

My Honda can go another 60, so you’d better believe I’ll be wagging my finger at my overly cautious fella the next time he says we definitely need to stop!


That said, there are like, sensible reasons to not push it so hard. Your car’s fuel pump burns hotter near empty than it does on a full tank, so if you do it all the time, you’ll burn your pump out faster.

So, YourMechanic recommends you use their chart for emergency situations only.